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I’m no politician-Moseme

Mohloai Mpesi

One of the longest-serving radio personalities of popular station People’s Choice (PCFM), Buta Moseme says he is no politician hence he will ensure a conducive working environment for different media looking to report about the Office of the Prime Minister in order to furnish the nation news.

Moseme was appointed new Press Attaché to the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro, coming hot on the heels of the outgoing Mosito Moqhekoana who was reported to start his new career as an engineer of the Ministry of Water.

In a press statement released by the Prime Minister earlier this week, the decorated journalist was announced as the new spokesperson whose appointment comes into effect next week February 1, 2021.

The Premier’s statement was preceded by one in which he indicated that Moqhekoana had accepted a new assignment in the Ministry of Water.

“As Promised in my press release of January 22, 2021, I now wish to inform that I have appointed Mr Buta Moseme as my press attaché, effective February 1, 2021. I wish Moseme luck in his new challenging task of regularly informing the public about government’s work and doing so timely and effectively.

“Moseme has 20 years’ experience in radio broadcasting in addition to a Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He has also discharged tasks in Information, Research and Communication at the Transformation Resources Center,” said the Premier in the statement.    

Meanwhile, for his part, Moseme told Newsday that he had been given the said assignment saying that he was in the process of finalizing a few procedural processes before executing the tasks ahead of him in the cumbersome role, although he said he brings no new plans along.

“The important thing for me is to execute the tasks bestowed on me, so I have to implement the roles as required by the office not necessarily to come up with different mindsets. It is important to have goals and targets when starting a new job but I am not going to change anything and neither am I going to do anything extraordinary.

“The one thing I can promise the media is that should expect sufficient publicity of news from the Office of the Prime Minister for their different media platforms,” he said.

“The Office of the Prime Minister is big and has many departments. So there has to be education passed to the people about the office and how they can easily be assisted in by the Office.

“In life there has to be goals, we all want to succeed from our different sectors, it is part of my growth and accepting bigger challenges because we all want to see progress in our lives and careers. When I heard of the appointment, I took time to think about it in order to make a calculated and cautious decision, and I ultimately decided to take up the challenge,” he said.

Moseme is a 39 year-old male who was born and bred in Leribe Mahobong. His media career began in 2002 at Setsoto FM in Ficksburg where he worked as a news reader. He left the radio station the following year and joined one of the biggest local commercial radio stations PC FM in the center of Maseru.

His life revolved around radio as he transformed from news reading to co-hosting prominent current affairs program, Sehlohlolong.

“I was selected by my then boss (Kholu Qhobela) to co-host the program, I think she saw something in me. I have been running that program since then until now,” he said.

Asked if his appointment was political and whether the post will not ruin his integrity as reputable journalist, he simply said:

“No I am not a politician”.               

In previous administrations, the post has been held by media-personnel-cum politicians including Thabo Thakalekoala, Motumi Ralejoe, Relebohile Moyeye and out-going Moqhekoana who is an engineer. \lsdlocked0

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