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and that the chief responsibility for sustainable and equal development “resides with us.”
Dr Thabane said Lesotho’s new administration had therefore set lofty goals to restructure all the important institutions of government.
He said were committed to the full implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decisions which called for inclusive constitutional, parliamentary, electoral, public sector and security reforms.
“Our resolve and commitment to implement SADC decisions as the new government of Lesotho signifies our commitment to work together with our regional body in pursuit of lasting peace and security in our country and indeed in the whole SADC region. We have made good progress in the implementation of the SADC decisions following the recommendations of Inquiry carried out in Lesotho after the brutal assassination of our then army commander Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao in June 2015.
“I stand before this house with sadness and great humiliation to report once again the assassination of army commander, Lt-Gen Khoantle Motšomotšo, less than three weeks ago by two senior officers who were then shot by the general’s bodyguards. Despite these daunting challenges of security and political instabilities that seem to be rocking our small Mountain Kingdom, SADC is standing firmly behind us to restore peace, political stability, security and the rule of law.
“On the development front, I am happy to report that the government of Lesotho is committed to maintaining fiscal discipline in order to stabilise the national economy, stimulate growth and business activities while preserving the environment. At the same time we are relentlessly committed to combating crime and corruption at all levels of our society in accordance with SDG 16.”
“We are aware that on our own and without the support of our cooperating partners, our efforts to root out corruption cannot yield desired results hence our clarion call for them to join forces with us in this crusade,” Dr Thabane said.
He also said it was important for the youth to participate in decision making at all levels, as well as create jobs for them.