Civil society laments absence of local ‘experts’ on peace mission
Security and stability, he added, are reflected in the economic development of a nation.
“This is why security and stability have direct, long-term effects on the creation of a sound, competitive economic environment that has a positive impact on the citizenry and society as a whole.
“A BNP government is going to ensure this is possible, hence you should vote for the party on 28 February.”
Chief ‘Maseribane recalled how former BNP leader and Prime Minister, Leabua Jonathan, was friends with African National Congress leader, Oliver Tambo, during South Africa’s apartheid era.
Chief Jonathan led Lesotho from 7 July 1965 until he was topped by the military on 20 January 1986.
However, Chief ‘Maseribane told Sunday’s rally the friendship which existed between Chief Jonathan and South Africa’s antiapartheid leaders should benefit Lesotho’s current and future generations as Basotho paid a very high price for the relationship.
“The relationship that our leader, Chief Jonathan, had with Tambo, should be revived so that our people benefit from the South Af- LESOTHO Council of Non-governmental Organisations executive Director, Seabata Motsamai, has lamented the absence of local “experts” in regional efforts to restore stability to the troubled kingdom.
Mr Motsamai told a press conference in Maseru on Monday the decision to exclude locals from the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’S peace mission in Lesotho could have dire consequences for the country as it goes for snap elections on 28 February.
Mr Motsamai added locals had a better understanding of the country’s political dynamics and the situation on the ground, and would have enhanced Cyril Ramaphosa’s facilitation in returning Lesotho to stability.
“Civil society has not been included in the facilitation process in line with the request we submitted to the SADC summit held in Zimbabwe last year. We believe if civil society is not involved, then church-leaders must be part of Mr Ramaphosa’s mission.
“There is need to have someone rican economy. For South Africa to be where it is today, our people contributed immensely to its struggle against oppression.
“Some of our people died because of that fight against apartheid, which only ended with independence in 1994.
“To make sure our people also benefit from South Africa’s economy, we will negotiate for the labour laws of our two countries to be harmonised. This will make it easier for our people to work in South Africa without being subjected to exploitation because of lack of proper with a deeper understanding of the local political environment in the facilitation, and that someone or organisation must be able to take any culprit to task in the absence of the SADC Facilitator,” said Mr Motsamai.
However, Mr Motsamai hailed the South African deputy president for achieving “at least 70 percent” of his mission since SADC asked him to mediate in the coalition government leaders’ dispute over the extent of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s powers.
“If we take stock of what Mr Ramaphosa has been here for, you will realise he was able to achieve about 70 percent of his mandate. He managed to have parliament re-opened (last October after it had been prorogued for nine months by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on documentation,” Chief ‘Maseribane said.
Meanwhile, the BNP leader also said tourism would be one of the cornerstones of Lesotho’s economy under his government.
“Tourism is increasingly becoming an important tool in promoting economic growth, alleviating poverty, and advancing food security. First of all, it represents an opportunity for economic diversification, particularly in marginal areas with few other export options. Tourists are attracted to remote areas with high values of cultural, wildlife and 10 June 2014), and also succeeded in sending Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao and Commissioner of Police Khothatso Tšooana on leave-of-absence (in November 2014 as a way of ending tension between the Lesotho Defence Force and Lesotho Mounted Police Service).
“However, we also need to emphasise that part of his mandate was to normalise relations between the army and police, but there is still tension between the two agencies. Also relations between the coalition government partners (Dr Thabane, Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and Sports Minister Thesele ‘Maseribane) are still sour,” said Mr Motsamai.
“Again, only last week, we witnessed an unfortunate incident where Joang Molapo (Home Affairs