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GOVERNMENT SAYS NO TO CORRUPTION-PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thabane says the Coalition Government formed by four political parties has zero tolerance to any form of corruption done regardless of who is behind it.

Dr Thabane was responding to questions at a media briefing held at Lesotho Television (LTV) studios on Monday.

He said he will not hesitate to take action against those who engage in corruption regardless of their status thus whether be Cabinet Ministers, Public Servants or private sector.

He said Private Sector contributes to corruption in the country as they use bribery to get favours from some of the government officials, hence appealed to them to stop forthwith.

Dr Thabane therefore urged the media to partner with the government and report corrupt activities so that relevant authorities could take necessary steps.

He noted that stability in politics and economic play a vital role in attracting potential investors in the country, saying in a country where there is instability investors run away.

The Prime Minister noted that people should expect changes in the security agencies during the reform process, stressing that there is going to be serious reforms within the police, army and National Security Agencies (NSS).

Meanwhile, when briefing the media about the fifth African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Summit which was held in Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire on November 29-30 this year, he said the theme of the summit was 'Investing in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development'.

He also highlighted that the agenda of the summit included development of education, Science and Technology and business skills especially on youth empowerment.

The agenda also covered issues relating to Peace, stability and Security in Africa and Europe, further addressing youth illegal migration and mobility between Africa and Europe, he stressed.

Talking about the summit resolutions, the Prime Minister said the summit agreed for the speedy mobilisation investment for Africa Structural Sustainable Transformation; good governance as well as on climate change and natural resources management.

Again, the meeting has resolved that there has to be conducive environment to prepare youth in the rural and urban areas to get access to quality education from primary to high school, he added.

The Prime Minister said good health, libraries, search centres and scientific laboratories are needed to support quality education, however he could not give time frame for implementation, but saying they committed themselves to ensuring implementation of these essentials.

Speaking about peace, stability and security, he said the summit realised that both Africa and Europe encounter similar challenges, saying the challenges caused by instability, particularly terrorism and high rate of crime, could lead to unity of leaders in order to overcome them.

He said they need to address the root cause of peace and instability in both continents.

“As heads of governments and government representatives, we agreed to cooperate in partnership with international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), AU, EU and others in order to fight terrorism and climate change,” he said.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mr. James Sets'abi and Government Secretary Mr. Moahloli Mphaka.

Source: LENA 11/12/2017

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