“On behalf of the Government of Lesotho I am committing the Government that Lesotho Red Cross will be included in the 2022 government budget,” says Mr. Thabo Motoko, the Principal Secretary Administration in the Cabinet Office during the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

The AGM was held in Thaba Bosiu on June 12th and 13th, 2021.

Mr. Motoko invited the Secretary-General of LRCS to visit him in the coming week to discuss the needs of the Society so that they can be included in the Government budget in 2022.

“We have seen the tremendous work being done by the Society in the fight against COVID19 and even before the pandemic. It is fitting that like other NGOs that are being assisted by the Government that Lesotho Red Cross Society too should be assisted,” he added.

He also delights that the Society even in times of the pandemic still ensures the Annual General Meeting and audit report are done.

“I am particularly impressed that your audit report is unqualified which means you are handling donors’ funds well”. Mr. Motoko said smiling.

In addition. The District Administrator for Maseru and also former First Vice President of LRCS and still a member Mr. Mpane Nthunya pleaded with the Government to assist the Society due to the magnitude of the work they have done in the country.

“I was overwhelmed last year due to the COVID19 pandemic and the lockdowns, but I immediately knew that the only reliable and ready to assist, through thick and thin was Lesotho Red Cross and indeed we were able to assist people who were deported from South Africa from Lindela late at night.” Mr. Nthunya proudly stated.

He added that if there is an organization that deserves an award due to the great work it did during the COVID19 Pandemic is the Lesotho Red Cross Society. “The staff and volunteers worked tirelessly without fear of being infected but focused on assisting those in need”, he said.

When thanking the speakers, the Secretary-General of the Society Mr. Kopano Masilo informed the Principle Secretary Motoko that the Society has been pleading with the Government to give them subvention and also pass a law that ensures each and every driver before getting or renewing their drivers’ license have been trained in at least Basic First Aid,. “The reason for this is that drivers are either the cause of the accident or if they have survived it they can assist those who are injured. Please Sir Advocate for this law, its matter of life and death”

The AGM also elected new the First and Second Vice Presidents, including three members.

The current National Executive Committee (NEC) is as follows; President – Mr. Silas Moshuhli – Mohale’sHoek, First Vice President – Mr. Thato Mokete – Butha Buthe, Second Vice President – Mr. Bataung Morakabi- Maseru; Member; Mr. Lekhupane Setsase – Mokhotlong, Mr Senate Polile- Berea, Ms. Malipuo Masolisa – Mafeteng, Mr. Tefelo Tleketle – Berea, Mr. Teboho Magumela – Qacha’sNek, Mr. Joseph Fafatsa – Butha Buthe and the Youth President Mr. Pheko Phera – Mafeteng .

Also done at the AGM was the awarding of 20 Certificates of Appreciation to Volunteers for the work done during the COVID19 Pandemic in 2020. Fifteen Corporate supporters also received their awards including individuals who were involved in fundraising activities that ensured that the homeless received food during the lockdowns.