Wind­fall for ex-min­ers

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Tokelo Rasephei

I be­lieve LALA will do a lot to help boost the econ­omy and im­por­tantly to bring to­gether stake­hold­ers crit­i­cal in the proper ad­min­is­tra­tion on land and to en­rich the role of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

tHE Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship is set to es­tab­lish the Le­sotho As­so­ci­a­tion of Land Au­thor­ity (LALA) with the help of Botswana As­so­ci­a­tion of Land Au­thor­ity (BALA) and the United Cities and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Africa (Uclg-africa).

This emerged dur­ing a two-day Peer Learn­ing Di­a­logue Part­ner­ship work­shop re­cently held in Maseru.

Speak­ing at the work­shop, the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship, Habo­fa­noe Le­hana said the meet­ing was cru­cial as it brought to­gether all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cil­lors to dis­cuss and con­trib­ute to the for­ma­tion of the Land Au­thor­ity. Le­sotho, he ex­plained, was one of the few coun­tries in Africa which was los­ing ben­e­fits that came with the es­tab­lish­ment of a land au­thor­ity.

He said Le­sotho wel­comed the steps taken to es­tab­lish the land au­thor­ity as this would im­prove man­age­ment and util­i­sa­tion of land and con­trib­ute to the ac­cel­er­a­tion of growth.

“I be­lieve LALA will do a lot to help boost the econ­omy and im­por­tantly to bring to­gether stake­hold­ers crit­i­cal in the proper ad­min­is­tra­tion on land and to en­rich the role of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Mr Le­hana said.

He fur­ther ex­plained that the UCLG-AFRIca (an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Africa) was im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gramme in­tended to sup­port the set­ting up and em­pow­er­ment of na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions of lo­cal gov­ern­ments and of in­di­vid­ual gov­ern­ments to de­liver on their man­dates; and to en­gage into struc­tured di­a­logues with cen­tral gov­ern­ments and oth­ers per­ti­nent stake­hold­ers.

“In the past, there were sev­eral at­tempts to es­tab­lish a lo­cal gov­ern­ment na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion but due to some chal­lenges, the goal of those ini­tia­tives was not achieved.

“It is against this back­drop that we ac­knowl­edge the pres­ence of Uclg-africa to help us es­tab­lish the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and we will com­mit to the es­tab­lish­ment of such ini­tia­tive in ad­di­tion to the land au­thor­ity,” Mr Le­hana said.

Also speak­ing at the work­shop, the Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Author­i­ties in Botswana, Rev­erend Mpho Marumo, said they were hon­oured to be part of a team that would fa­cil­i­tate the es­tab­lish­ment of Le­sotho As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Author­i­ties.

He ex­plained they were re­quested by Uclg-africa to help Le­sotho es­tab­lish the as­so­ci­a­tion as this was the back­bone of all activities aim­ing to en­sure sus­tained progress in eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

“We are aware that Le­sotho has good poli­cies that ad­vo­cate for de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing in the ar­eas of lo­cal gov­ern­ment; what needs to be strength­ened is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of those poli­cies through the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all Ba­sotho and other cru­cial ac­tors,” Rev Marumo said.

The UCLG-AFRICA is an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Africa. Its mis­sion is to pro­mote de­cen­tral­iza­tion of ser­vices in Africa through lo­cal gov­ern­ments to sup­port im­prove­ment of com­mu­ni­ties.

It seeks to en­hance ef­fi­ciency in the op­er­a­tions of lo­cal gov­ern­ments to help achieve a transformation that is re­spon­sive to the needs of Africans, in­clud­ing ad­dress­ing poverty and en­sur­ing ease of ac­cess to es­sen­tial ser­vices.

LO­CAL Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship Min­is­ter Habo­fa­noe Le­hana.

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