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Maseru, Apr. 28 — The  Minister of Information, Communications, Science, Technology and Innovation (MICSTI), Ms. Nthati Moorosi  says Basotho should be thankful to God for having known and lived with Mr. Mohau Kobile.

She said this when delivering condolences on behalf of the government during the burial service of the late Tsénolo FM founder and Managing Director, Mr. Kobile  held  in Maseru on Saturday.

Delivering words of comfort, Minister Moorosi noted that the deceased did all he could to maximise the gifts of the Holy Spirit bestowed upon him by God, hence the many things he obtained while on earth.

She said the government, particularly, the communication sector had found an advisor and a counselor in Mr. Kobile, as he was always willing to showcase his talent for growth and development of this industry, thus all must be thankful to God.

Minister Moorosi stated she has personally gained support from the deceased as he was always advising her in political matters.

Maseru City Council (MCC) Mayor, Motlalepula Sepipi said today is all about celebrating a life well lived, saying multitudes of people who have come to  honour the deceased’s soul today is a testament that Mr. Kobile touched the lives of many positively.

On behalf of Commissioners, Mr. Ratokelo Nkoka expressed condolences to the Ministry of Local Government, family, friends and colleagues adding he left a mark that can never be erased.

Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Nizam Goolam said although Kobile was stubborn, LCA managed to convince him to change broadcasting into becoming professional for credibility of this sector, hence Ts’enolo is doing better now.

On behalf of friends, former Principal Secretary, Mr. Ts’eliso ‘Mokela said he has known the deceased since 1994 while they were both politicians within congress.

He alluded that Mr. Kobile will be remembered for his stubbornness that allowed him to get a story behind a story. “It is not surprising that he established  Ts’enolo FM as he was gifted in many areas,” he said.

Ts’enolo FM Station Manager, Mr. Mshengu Tshabalala expressed their pain noting the station will never be the same again without its founder who was a source of their strength in running the affairs of the station. 

Also speaking, Harvest FM founder, Mrs. ‘Malichaba Lekhoaba mentioned that she is proud to have instilled the love for radio in the deceased,  as she learnt that he was competent when it comes to running affairs of broadcasting.

She appealed to Ts’enolo FM staff to go an extra mile and handle administrative matters of  the station well to avoid its collapse.

The climax of this service was  Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church strongly calling Basotho to introspect in line with Psalms 119: 9 and Proverbs 11: 22 so as to restore the nation during 200 years and many years to come.

The deceased  succumbed to death while at a hospital in Bloemfontein recently. This  is due to a number of illnesses including liver problems, diabetes and low blood. He is reported to have been sick since 2015 as according to his son, Ts’ireletso Kobile. His remains were laid to rest at Lepereng Cemetery.

Mr. Kobile aged 53 was born in Thaba Nchu, South South Africa. He is the second son of Mr. Lekhotla and Mrs. ‘Malineo Kobile. He has studied at Methodist Primary and Lesotho High Schools.  

The entrepreneurial mindset in him also saw him as Maseru Mayor years ago while serving as Local Government Commissioner, a position he held since 2015 when Lesotho was in its third coalition government. He leaves behind his wife and two children, a boy and girl. 

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