On Wednesday (10 March]) Lesotho celebrated her national day with a colourful ceremony held at the country's most historical site- Thaba-Bosiu, a mountain fortress where the founder of Lesotho, King Moshoeshoe, first set up his capital in 1824.
GV People at parade ground
GV & SV Crowd with umbrellas waiting (3 shots)
SV Sign "We are 10 years old"
GV Troops in parade ground
SV Runner with lighted flame (2 shots)
SV King Moshoeshoe pins medal on chest of policeman
SV Army officers watching
GV People watching (2 shots)
SV Matsieng sign
GV Matsieng town (2 shots)
SV First Vice-President of Tanzania, Mr. A. Jumbe, planting tree
CU King watching
SV Judith Hart talking to Mr. Jumbe
SV King planting tree
GV People leaving
SV People in building (3 shots)
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Background: On Wednesday (10 March]) Lesotho celebrated her national day with a colourful ceremony held at the country's most historical site- Thaba-Bosiu, a mountain fortress where the founder of Lesotho, King Moshoeshoe, first set up his capital in 1824.
The national day commemorated both the birthday of King Moshoeshoe in 1786 and ten years of independence form British colonial rule.
Guest of honour at the celebrations was the First Vice-President of Tanzania, Mr. About Jumbe. A large contingent of visiting dignitaries and diplomate were also present, together with thousands of tribespeople dressed in traditional blankets and grass hats.
The present king of Lesotho, Moshoeshoe II, used the occasion to present medals and awards to several dozen members of the police force.
The following day (11 March) king Moshoeshoe and delegates to an International Conference on Development being held in the capital city of Maseru at the time visited the Matsieng Development Trust near Maseru.
Among the delegates were Mr. Jumbe, British Member of Parliament Mrs. Judith Hart, and philosopher Dr. Ivan Illich.
They toured the development complex, which includes schools, agricultural projects, workshops and residential areas and king Moshoeshoe and Mr. Jumbe planted trees.