PM LAUNCHES LESOTHO REFORMS PROGRAMME
The Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili officially launched Lesotho
Reforms Programme at the occasion attended by Heads of Diplomatic
Mission at 'Manthabiseng National Convention Centre on Monday.
In his keynote address, Dr Mosisili said the programme gives the country
and its citizens an opportunity to look back and see where things went
wrong and led this country into becoming the international community
The Prime Minister expressed hope that the programme will help the
government to get to the bottom of challenges and problems faced by the
country, saying the 50 years walk of independence is enough to see what
mistakes were done and how they can be corrected and that the next 50
years should be approached with wisdom, which he said can only be
achievable if the reforms are done truthfully, faithfully, with
transparency, openly and people agree to disagree.
Dr Mosisili added that the programme is of monumental significance in
the Kingdom and the departure from everyday issues that include
escalating crime statistics, poverty, hunger to mention a few which he
said are symptoms of institutional flaws such as a constitution which
falls short of responding to problems of constitutional impulses,
failures in service delivery of the judiciary, problems in the army,
police, national intelligence service, and Lesotho Correctional Service.
''Only when these problems are dealt with in depth can we find a lasting
solution. These reforms top the list of priorities of the coalition
government as emphasised by His Majesty during the opening of the 9th
Parliament last year that there is need for constitutional reform.” He
He also commented that among other things, the reforms will include
re-visiting of the Parliament Mixed Member Proportional Representation
for greater accountability of the House to the people, and regulation of
formation of coalition government to restore stability and respect of
electorate for the will of the people.
He said the intention of the government is to have the programme
inclusive of every Mosotho, especially the public in order to get them
informed of their part, hence why public consultations will be conducted
in alignment with the international best practices.
Dr Mosisili recalled that in the 50 years of independence, the country
has had three national flags which he said attests to the turbulence of
the journey that has been traveled, further noting that this will be the
third edition of the country's constitution, saying for this one to
become a success, three committees have been established, one that
consists of Cabinet Ministers, the second formed by Principal
Secretaries and the third which is Lesotho Reform Programme Secretariat.
Also speaking was the Chairperson of an oversight committee deployed in
Lesotho, Justice Frederick Werema, who also stressed need for the
process to be inclusive and leave no one behind, saying that politicians
must be part of it as unity will ensure that reforms are successful.
He said the press is one important part of society that needs to get
involved in the programme as thus the government must ensure that it has
correct information to disseminate to the public.
He advised that no one from anywhere in the world will solve Lesotho's
problems, but the citizens.
In conclusion, Justice Werema said the launch marks a turning point to
the history of Lesotho, further saying that most civilised way to
resistance is through education and focusing on the mission and vision.
The programme will be implemented with the support of the United Nations
Source: LENA 05/12/2016