'Mamphono Khaketla

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'Mamphono Khaketla (born 5 March 1960) is a Lesotho senator who has served as finance minister from March 2015 to June 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Khaketla was born in Maseru on 5 March 1960 to Benett 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 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. 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.[6]

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.[7][8]


  • Romberg, Thomas A.; Wilson, Linda; Khaketla, Mamphono (1989). "An examination of six standard mathematics tests for grade eight". National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education. 
  • Romberg, T. A.; Wilson, L.; Khaketla, M. (1989). "The alignment of six standardized tests with the NCTM standards". Washington, DC: National Summit on Mathematics Assessment convened by the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. 
  • Romberg, Thomas A.; Wilson, Linda; Khaketla, 'Mamphono; Chavarria, Silvia (1992). "Curriculum and Test Alignment". In Thomas A. Romberg. Mathematics Assessment and Evaluation: Imperatives for Mathematics Educators. SUNY Press. pp. 61–74. 


  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. 
  5. ^ Sheldon, Kathleen (2016). Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 146. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Mohloboli, Keiso (14 August 2016). "Lesotho's great car 'con'". City Press. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Ntsukunyane, Lekhetho (28 July 2016). "DC Youths blast Minister". Lesotho Times. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 

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