Ex­pert jets in to chart Coali­tion Agree­ment

Lesotho Times - - News - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

A GER­MAN po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant, Hans Martin Sieg, is in the coun­try on a week-long visit to for­mu­late an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan for the Coali­tion Agree­ment for the par­ties that make up gov­ern­ment.

Dr Sieg, who is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at the In­sti­tute for Euro­pean Poli­cies and Re­forms in Chisinau, Moldova, ar­rived on Mon­day and was wel­comed by For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Tlo­hang Sekhamane.

Ac­cord­ing to a media state­ment re­leased by the min­istry, Dr Sieg’s ar­rival came about fol­low­ing a re­quest by the Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led seven-mem­ber coali­tion gov­ern­ment to the Euro­pean Union del­e­ga­tion in Le­sotho.

Read the state­ment: “The Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, Honourable Mr Tlo­hang Sekhamane, wel­comed Dr Hans Martin Sieg, an ex­pert who has been ap­pointed to as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan for the Coali­tion Agree­ment.

His ap­point­ment is a fol­low-up, on the re­quest of the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho to the Euro­pean Union Del­e­ga­tion in Le­sotho.”

Since his ar­rival, Dr Sieg had met Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing and was also ex­pected to meet with all lead­ers of the seven coali­tion par­ties, namely Demo­cratic Congress, Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party, Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress and Ba­sotho Congress Party.

Dr Sieg was also ex­pected to meet se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, a Coali­tion Agree­ment ex­pert group, civil so­ci­ety and other rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers as well as pay­ing a cour­tesy call on Dr Mo­sisili.

The visit is set to end on Fri­day when he is ex­pected to pro­duce a “frame­work doc­u­ment that will guide the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its Agree­ment which spec­i­fies pri­or­ity ar­eas as iden­ti­fied by the Coali­tion Par­ties”.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Dr Sieg had been en­gaged with the sup­port of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many and the Kon­rad Ade­nauer Foun­da­tion. It added that he was also ac­com­pa­nied by foun­da­tion’s Re­gional Di­rec­tor Hol­ger Dix.

Dr Mo­sisili was elected as premier by the seven par­ties in March fol­low­ing the snap 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 gen­eral elec­tions. The par­ties un­veiled their Coali­tion Agree­ment on 10 April, with Dr Mo­sisili say­ing that un­like the pre­vi­ous coali­tion gov­ern­ment headed by for­mer premier Thomas Tha­bane, his sev­en­party al­liance would not col­lapse midstream be­cause of mu­tual re­spect among the lead­ers.

To en­sure the part­ners are abreast with de­vel­op­ments in other min­istries or to dis­cuss any con­cerns, he said they would be meet­ing ev­ery month, “or more of­ten if nec­es­sary”.

These meet­ings — to be chaired by him or by Mr Mets­ing as the deputy premier — would also be an op­por­tu­nity for the lead­ers to “in­ter­act and ce­ment their re­la­tion­ship”. Dr Mo­sisili also said any of the party lead­ers could meet him or his deputy when­ever nec­es­sary with­out wait­ing for the sched­uled monthly as­sem­blies.

Among the ob­jec­tives and com­mit­ments of the Coali­tion Agree­ment was:

To be a re­formist gov­ern­ment ad­dress­ing fun­da­men­tal is­sues of de­vel­op­ment;

To re­store na­tional peace and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity;

To deepen democ­racy and re­spect for hu­man rights;

To make trans­parency and good gov­er­nance a hall­mark of the gov­ern­ment;

To drive eco­nomic growth with a view to lead­ing Le­sotho out of the group of least-de­vel­oped na­tions within 10 years;

To place a greater fo­cus on con­sul­ta­tion and citizen par­tic­i­pa­tion;

To en­hance equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity for all cit­i­zens.

To elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion at all lev­els of so­ci­ety and gov­ern­ment.

To make gov­ern­ment more ac­count­able to the peo­ple. To deepen na­tional pride amongst Ba­sotho. To deepen re­la­tions with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili (right) and some of the gov­ern­ment lead­ers af­ter sign­ing the Coali­tion Agree­ment on 10 April.

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