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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.

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