PM calls for in­clu­sion in re­forms

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PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili has called on Ba­sotho and other stake­hold­ers to “ac­tively and ro­bustly” par­tic­i­pate in the Le­sotho Re­forms Pro­gramme, say­ing it “is the only route” to bring about na­tional unity.

In his key­note ad­dress to launch the pro­gramme in Maseru this week, Dr Mo­sisili said the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all stake­hold­ers was im­per­a­tive since the re­forms cov­ered con­sti­tu­tional, par­lia­men­tary and se­cu­rity is­sues among oth­ers.

The re­forms were among the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Jus­tice Mphaphi Phumaphi-led SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity.

The in­quiry, which was launched fol­low­ing the killing of for­mer Le­sotho De­fence Force com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao by his army col­leagues on 25 June last year, was held be­tween 31 Au­gust and 23 Oc­to­ber 2015.

The re­gional bloc also es­tab­lished an Over­sight Com­mit­tee to mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SADC de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Le­sotho. The com­mit­tee was also tasked with pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­sti­tu­tional, se­cu­rity and pub­lic sec­tor re­forms in Le­sotho.

The launch was at­tended by, SADC Over­sight Com­mit­tee Chair­per­son Jus­tice Fred­er­ick Mwita Werema, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of de­vel­op­ment part­ners as well as in­ter­na­tional agen­cies among oth­ers.

Dr Mo­sisili said the Le­sotho Re­form Pro­gramme was of mon­u­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance in the coun­try’s his­tory and na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“It is a de­par­ture from deal­ing with the usual press­ing prob­lems and con­stant source of con­cern like hunger, poverty, in­cur­able dis­eases, un­em­ploy­ment and ris­ing sta­tis­tics of crime, as in­deed these are just symp­toms of the in­sti­tu­tional flaws that char­ac­terise the foun­da­tions of our sys­tem of gov­er­nance,” he said.

“The ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of the in­sti­tu­tional flaws is our na­tional con­sti­tu­tion which falls far short of con­tem­po­rary re­quire­ments of gov­er­nance and has in the past failed to re­spond to the chal­lenges of con­sti­tu­tional im­passe; paral­y­sis in the smooth run­ning of par­lia­ment; fail­ure of ser­vice de­liv­ery in our courts of law and other branches of govern­ment, as well as lack of clar­ity re­gard­ing ju­ris­dic­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and oper­a­tional com­ple­men­tar­i­ties be­tween and among key se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions such as the army, po­lice, na­tional in­tel­li­gence ser­vice and cor­rec­tional ser­vice.”

He said the re­form pro­gramme would en­tail the re­fin­ing of Le­sotho’s mixed mem­ber pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion elec­toral sys­tem “. . . to al­low for greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and more im­por­tantly, greater ac­count­abil­ity of Par­lia­ment to the peo­ple”.

Coali­tion gov­ern­ments, the pre­mier said, would also be in­cluded in the re­form­ing of the con­sti­tu­tion.

“The con­sti­tu­tion will be crafted in a way that will reg­u­late the for­ma­tion of coali­tion gov­ern­ments in a man­ner that en­sures peace and sta­bil­ity and above all, re­spect for the will of the peo­ple.”

He said to en­sure the re­forms pro­gramme is ex­e­cuted prop­erly, govern­ment del­e­gated Deputy Prime Min­is­terr Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing to over­see a min­is­te­ri­all com­mit­tee on the re­forms.

Dr Mo­sisili said Govern­men­trn­ment Sec­re­tary Lebohang Ramohlanka would head a prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries com­mit­teem­mit­tee while a Le­sotho Re­forms Pro­gram­memme Sec­re­tariat would over­see the day-to-day o-day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dr Mo­sisili said the govern­ment was also pre­par­ing for a multi-stake­holder con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence sched­uled for the be­gin­ning of next mon­thth to ex­am­ine the re­forms pro­gramme roadmap dmap sub­mit­ted to the to the 36th Or­di­naryry SADC Sum­mit of Heads of State held in Swazi­land­wazi­land in Au­gust this year.

Among oth­ers, the road map stip­u­lated the exit of Lieu­tenantu ten­an­tGen­eral Tlal­iKamol i from the helm of the Le­sothotho De­fence Force (LDF). LtGen Kamoli last Thurs­day­day re­lin­quished com­man­dand of the LDF and handed­ded it over to his deputy who is now Lt-gen Khoantle­tle Motšo­motšo.

Dr Mo­sisili also in­vit­eded Ba­sotho and other sta­kee­hold­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the re­forms pro­gramme.

“I there­fore, in all honnesty and with­out mal­ice ce to any­body, in­vite you all,ll, fel­low cit­i­zens, to ac­tive­lyly and ro­bustly par­tic­i­pate in this na­tional en­deav­our,” he said.

“I ex­tend a sim­i­lar in­vi­ta­tion to in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing re­gional body the SADC, the African Union, the Com­mon­wealth and the United Na­tions to pro­vide the req­ui­site tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port to this ini­tia­tive.

“We are truly com­mit­ted to the re­form pro­gramme as the only route to take if in­deed we de­sire to re­al­ize our agenda for na­tional unity in this King­dom.”

For his part, Jus­tice Werema em­pha­sised the need for the Le­sotho Re­forms Pro­gramme to be in­clu­sive of all stake­hold­ers.

He also urged the govern­ment to en­sure that no one is left be­hind in the pro­gramme, in­clud­ing women and girls.

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili.

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