By: Lebohang Maluke

Maseru – LDF marks a significant milestone this year; 200 years of Basotho history. This June celebration honors the courage and resilience of the Basotho nation, who overcame numerous challenges over the decades to create a welcoming and vibrant nation.

The journey includes a variety of events and activities, and exhibitions to depict this will be made at Thaba-Bosiu, serving as a reminder of the rich history and traditions of the Basotho, while also looking forward to a future of prosperity and unity.

Major General Matela Matobakele emphasizes that the journey shall begin on June 21, 2024, at the village of Ha-Mopeli, which holds special significance in the history of the Basotho to June 24, 2024 Thaba-Bosiu.

The four-day journey is a symbolic representation of the four pillars of Basotho society: unity, strength, resilience, and pride. Each day of the journey will be dedicated to one of these pillars, with events and activities designed to reinforce the importance of these values in modern-day Lesotho. Unstated material will be laid on Chief Mohlomi and Lethole graveyards.

The involvement of the Lesotho Defence Force in the historic journey is an expression of the deep connection between the Basotho people and their military. The LDF has always played a key role in protecting and defending the nation, and its presence in the journey serves as a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made to preserve Basotho culture and traditions.

The organizers of the historic journey have taken into account the health and safety of participants, recognizing that not everyone will be able to complete the full four-day journey.

To ensure that all Basotho have the opportunity to take part in the celebrations, there will be designated areas along the route where people can join the procession without having to walk long distances.

The journey will then proceed to Thaba-Bosiu, the “mountain of the night,” where the Basotho withstood numerous attacks and established themselves as a formidable force in southern Africa.

The goal of the journey is to bring Basotho together in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. For centuries, the Basotho have faced numerous challenges and obstacles, including wars. The journey is an opportunity to recognize these challenges and celebrate the resilience and determination of the people. They will pass by Mahlatsa, Malimong, Lipetu and Ha- Ramapepe.

The journey will then proceed to Thaba- Bosiu, the “mountain of the night,” where the Basotho withstood numerous attacks and established themselves as a formidable force in southern Africa. Thaba-Bosiu was a natural defence against enemy attack and narrow passages were difficult to navigate.

The annual event began in 2007 hailed by His Majesty King Letsie III, with the aim of viewing the mile stones and Basotho history. Moshoeshoe walk took 7 days but LDF decides to take 4 because of the preparations they made.

The LDF understands the unity of the Basotho people crucial for peace and stability in Lesotho. Through joining the significant enabling Basotho and voyage regardless of physical limitations. LDF shows its dedication in safeguarding and enhancing the connections among the nation.

Their involvement is the significant tour not only to honour the past, but also to construct a more promising peace and unity within Basotho community. Through the promotion of peace and unity they can establish the necessary circumstance enduring transformation and progress in Lesotho.

This allows Basotho individuals to learn on their history and find motivation for the future. King Moshoeshoe I achieved success through his skills in bringing together various tribes and clans united under one flag. The tour is the lesson that remains applicable today, as the Basotho community needs to collaborate in order to tackle the obstacles they face.

Previous years, nearly 750 participants from   Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe join the walk including King Letsie III and Queen Masenate. It is an educational experience.  The tour draws close celebration of 200 years as Basotho that comes at the end as renewal sense of pride in identity and a deep appreciation for the strength and the beauty of the nation.