PM asks for aid in anti-graft fight

Sunday Express - - NEWS -

PRIME Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane has called on the coun­try’s devel­op­ment partners to join forces with the Le­sotho govern­ment in its cru­sade to root-out cor­rup­tion at all lev­els.

Dr Tha­bane made the call in his Fri­day ad­dress to the 72nd United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York in the United States of Amer­ica.

The assem­bly was con­vened un­der the theme “Fo­cus­ing on peo­ple – striv­ing for peace and a de­cent life for all in a sus­tain­able planet”.

Dr Tha­bane said the 72nd ses­sion took place at a crit­i­cal junc­ture when the world was slowly re­gress­ing to­wards the hor­rors of World War II (1939 to 1945) which pre­ceded the for­ma­tion of the UNO in Oc­to­ber 1945.

Dr Tha­bane said the on­go­ing in­ter and in­trastate con­flicts char­ac­terised by the global refugee cri­sis and the spread of ter­ror­ism threat­ened to erode strides the UN had made in ef­fec­tively re­solv­ing con­flicts.

“As if this is not enough, the re­spect for hu­man rights and the rule of law, which are the prin­ci­ples that speak to the fi­bre of the United Na­tions con­tinue to be flouted with im­punity,” Dr Tha­bane said, adding, “Women and chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar face the worst bru­tal forms of abuses, espe­cially in con­flict-rid­den coun­tries”.

He said poverty also con­tin­ued to be a dread­ful af­flic­tion on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, un­der­min­ing their ef­forts to grow their economies.

“The com­plex­i­ties that char­ac­terise hu­man­ity’s ex­is­tence on this planet and the in­equal­i­ties that pre­vail be­tween the de­vel­oped and un­der-de­vel­oped coun­tries would be a thing of a past if we were to re­main true to our mis­sion and fo­cus on peo­ple in our devel­op­ment path.

“Whereas SDGs ( sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals) em­brace the con­cept of uni­ver­sal pros­per­ity for all so­ci­eties, we are also aware in essence that this ideal is still far from be­ing re­alised.

“We need to co­op­er­a­tively move for­ward to achieve peace and a de­cent life for all. It is in­cum­bent upon the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to act in uni­son as we strive to re­store peace and de­ploy a uni­ver­sal re­sponse to our set ideals,” Dr Tha­bane said.

He said his govern­ment was cog­nisant that Le­sotho’s destiny was “in our hands”

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