Pontso Sekatle

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Pontso S. M. Sekatle (born 26 May 1957) is a politician and academic in Lesotho. Sekatle lectured at the National University of Lesotho from 1984 to 2001.[1] In June 2001, she was appointed to the Senate of Lesotho,[2] and on July 6, 2001 she became Minister of Health and Social Welfare.[3] In the May 2002 parliamentary election, which was her first election, she stood as the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) candidate in the Qacha's Nek constituency, previously held by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili (who contested the Tsoelike constituency instead), and won 72.4% of the vote.[4] Following this election, in June 2002 she was moved from her position as Minister of Health to that of Minister of Local Government.[5] Following the February 2007 parliamentary election, she remained in the latter position in the government of March 2007. Her husband, Semano Sekatle, is also a member of the government, currently serving as Minister of Public Service.[6]

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  1. ^ Lesotho Ministry of Local Government web site.
  2. ^ "New Senators Appointed", Summary of Events in Lesotho, Volume 8, Number 2, Second Quarter 2001, trc.org.ls.
  3. ^ "Cabinet Reshuffle Results in New Blood", Summary of Events in Lesotho, Volume 8, Number 3, Third Quarter 2001, trc.org.ls.
  4. ^ "Individual Constituency Results Range from Clear Victories to Minority Votes", Summary of Events in Lesotho, Volume 9, Number 2, Second Quarter 2002, trc.org.ls.
  5. ^ "Parliamentarians and Members of New Cabinet Sworn In", Summary of Events in Lesotho, Volume 9, Number 2, Second Quarter 2002, trc.org.ls.
  6. ^ "Lesotho’s new cabinet comprises former ministers", African Press Agency, March 3, 2007.