Prime Minister of Lesotho
Tona-Kholo
Incumbent
Sam Matekane
since 28 October 2022
StyleThe Right Honorable
ResidenceState House, Maseru
AppointerLetsie III,
as King of Lesotho
Term length5 years, no fixed term
Inaugural holderSekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane
Formation6 May 1965
Salary562,734 LSL/36,650 USD annually[1]

This is a list of prime ministers of Lesotho (Sotho: Tona-Kholo) since the formation of the post of Prime Minister of Lesotho in 1965, to the present day.

A total of seven people have served as Prime Minister of Lesotho (not counting one Acting Prime Minister and two Chairmen of the Military Council). Additionally, three persons, Ntsu Mokhehle, Pakalitha Mosisili and Tom Thabane, have served on two non-consecutive occasions.

The current Prime Minister is Sam Matekane, who was sworn in on 28 October 2022.[2]

List of officeholders

Political parties
  Basotho National Party
  Basutoland Congress Party
  Lesotho Congress for Democracy
  Democratic Congress
  All Basotho Convention
  Revolution for Prosperity
Other factions
  Military
  Independent
Status
  Chairman of the Military Council
  Acting Prime Minister
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Monarch(s)
(Reign)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane
(1918–1986)
1965 6 May 1965 7 July 1965 62 days Basotho National Party
Elizabeth II
(1965–1966)
2 Leabua Jonathan
(1914–1987)
1970
(annulled)
1985
7 July 1965 20 January 1986
(deposed)
20 years, 197 days Basotho National Party
Moshoeshoe II
(1966–1990)
Justin Metsing Lekhanya
(1938–2021)
24 January 1986 2 May 1991
(deposed)
5 years, 98 days Military

Letsie III
(1990–1995)
Elias Phisoana Ramaema
(1933–2015)
2 May 1991 2 April 1993 1 year, 335 days Military
3 Ntsu Mokhehle
(1918–1999)
1993 2 April 1993 17 August 1994 1 year, 137 days Basutoland Congress Party
Hae Phoofolo
(born 1947)
17 August 1994 14 September 1994 28 days Independent
Ntsu Mokhehle
(1918–1999)
14 September 1994 29 May 1998 3 years, 257 days Basutoland Congress Party
(until 1997)
(3)
Moshoeshoe II
(1995–1996)

Letsie III
(since 1996)
Lesotho Congress for Democracy
4 Pakalitha Mosisili
(born 1945)
1998
2002
2007
29 May 1998 8 June 2012 14 years, 10 days Lesotho Congress for Democracy
(until 2011)
Democratic Congress
5 Tom Thabane
(born 1939)
2012 8 June 2012 17 March 2015 2 years, 282 days All Basotho Convention
(4) Pakalitha Mosisili
(born 1945)
2015 17 March 2015 16 June 2017 2 years, 91 days Democratic Congress
(5) Tom Thabane
(born 1939)
2017 16 June 2017 19 May 2020 2 years, 339 days All Basotho Convention
6 Moeketsi Majoro
(born 1961)
20 May 2020 28 October 2022 2 years, 161 days All Basotho Convention
7 Sam Matekane
(born 1958)
2022 28 October 2022 Incumbent 1 year, 231 days Revolution for Prosperity

Timeline

Sam MatekaneMoeketsi MajoroTom ThabanePakalitha MosisiliHae PhoofoloNtsu MokhehleElias Phisoana RamaemaJustin Metsing LekhanyaLeabua JonathanSekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane

See also

References

  1. ^ "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily". Business Daily. 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Sam Matekane to be inaugurated as Lesotho's Prime Minister". SABC News. 28 October 2022. Retrieved 28 October 2022.