'Mamphono Khaketla

'Mamphono Khaketla
Personal details
Born (1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 62)
Maseru, Lesotho
Parent(s)Bennett Makalo
'Masechele Caroline Ntseliseng Khaketla
EducationNational University of Lesotho 1980
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin 1991

'Mamphono Khaketla (born 5 March 1960) is a Lesotho mathematician and senator who served as Minister of Finance from March 2015 to June 2017.

Early life and education[]

Khaketla was born in Maseru on 5 March 1960 to Bennett Makalo and Caroline Ntseliseng ’Masechele Khaketla.[1] Her father was a novelist, journalist, politician and former minister, as well as the major shareholder of Mohlabani Property Company, and left her a sizeable estate.[2][3] Her mother was a teacher and author, one of the first women published in Lesotho.[4][5]

Khaketla did her primary and secondary schooling Maseru, before receiving a bachelor of education from the National University of Lesotho in 1980.[4] She has a master's degree in education and a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin (1991).[4] Her thesis was titled "An analysis of the Lesotho Junior Certificate Mathematics Examination and its impact on instructions".[1]


Khaketla was a lecturer in mathematics at the National Teacher Training College from 1981 until 1995 and became assistant director of the college.[4] She worked at the Institute of Development Management in Lesotho and Botswana from 1996 until 2001 before becoming the director of the Centre for Accounting Studies.

Khaketla was appointed as a senator by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in 2002 and served as Minister of Communications, Science and Technology from 2002 until 2004.[4] At the 2007 election, she lost her seat but was elected to the National Assembly as one of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy members on a party list for proportional representation submitted by the National Independence Party.[4] She served as Minister of Education and Training from 2007 until 2012. In 2011, Khaketla was one of seven women ministers in the Cabinet, alongside: Mannete Ramali, Maphoka Motoboli, Mathabiso Lepono, Mphu Keneileo Ramatlapeng, Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa and Pontso Suzan Matumelo Sekatle.[6] On 30 March 2015 she was appointed Minister of Finance.

In November 2015, she presided over the 102nd session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Council of Ministers.[7]

In July 2016, Khaketla was accused of soliciting a bribe for a major government contract in a case that was before the courts. She denied the allegation.[8][9]



  1. ^ a b African Doctorates in Mathematics: A Catalogue. Lulu.com. 2007. p. 147.
  2. ^ "Minister wins back father's estate". Lesotho Times. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Khaketla estate wrangle rages on". Sunday Express. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Rosenberg, Scott; Wesifelder, Richard F. (2013). Historical Dictionary of Lesotho. Scarecrow Press. pp. 204–205. ISBN 9780810879829.
  5. ^ Sheldon, Kathleen (2016). Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 146. ISBN 9781442262935.
  6. ^ Political handbook of the world 2012. Lansford, Tom. Los Angeles: Sage. 2012. pp. 832. ISBN 978-1-4522-3434-2. OCLC 794595888.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "Statement by the President of the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Hon. Dr. Mamphono Khaketla, Minister of Finance of Lesotho". Brussels: ACP. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  8. ^ Mohloboli, Keiso (14 August 2016). "Lesotho's great car 'con'". City Press. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  9. ^ Ntsukunyane, Lekhetho (28 July 2016). "DC Youths blast Minister". Lesotho Times. Retrieved 16 May 2017.

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