MASERU – Scores of mourners converged in Moreneng, Rothe on Saturday to pay their last respects to the Principal Chief of Rothe, Chief Bereng Mohlalefi Bereng who passed on last month at Scott Hospital in Morija.
The 65-year-old chief died after a long battle against both sugar diabetes and gout.
Passing his condolences, His Majesty King Letsie III showed how the family fought in vain to safe Bereng’s life, adding they could however, only do so much, as a human’s life is in God’s hands.
His Majesty said death is a painful component of life but God’s intentions cannot be questioned.
“Instead, his family has to be grateful to God for giving them a man of his calibre and character,” he said.
Further consoling the family His Majesty said: “The fact that you only laid to rest Chief Bereng’s younger brother, Theko sometime last year is very overwhelming.
“However, it is important that you cast your burdens unto God like good Christians do because he will help you get over this sad moment.”
On behalf of the Government, the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Chief Thesele ’Maseribane said Lesotho is currently engaged in the national reforms process, hence, they were hopeful that Chief Bereng’s participation would bring about change.
God, he said set time for everything, such as birth and death, thereby encouraging the bereaved to accept the Lord’s decision.
He pleaded with the community of Rothe to embrace Bereng’s successor, adding they should always strive for love, peace and stability.
Bereng was born on April 10, 1954 and was the first born child of the late Chief Mohlalefi and his wife Tholoana Bereng. He was appointed Principal Chief in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Chieftainess Nthupi Anna Bereng and two younger brothers. – LeNA