Reforms Authority holds open CEO recruitment Interviews

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By Nicole Tau

The National Reforms Authority on Monday this week held open Chief Executive Officer recruitment interviews with five candidates showcasing their abilities at the Old Parliament Building.

The Authority’s Chairman Pelele Letsoela was flanked by five other panelists in the interviews of the prospective CEO candidates.

The panelists, representatives of various institutions included Professor Motlamelle Kapa, retired Colonel Tanki Mothae, Tebello Metsing, Matšele Mpopelle, Motsamai Nyareli.

Five candidates interviewed were Koenane Donald Leanya, Tšiu Benedict Khathibe, Advocate Edmond Mafiroane Motanyane, Mawinne Kanetse who was the only female candidate, and Advocate Ntepe Henry Selebalo, the youngest candidate aged 37.

The interviews were also broadcast live on the Lesotho Television and Radio Lesotho with Private media also allowed to sit in in the interviews and report.

Key concerns raised by the panelists during the interview were that the candidates’ capacities to lead, their strategic plans for the Authority’s resources as well as its successful implementation of seven thematic areas in twelve months, with a possible extension by six months.

The National Reforms Authority was set up to ensure the completion of the country’s multi-stakeholder national reforms after the completion of consultations with members of the public and Plenary II with seven thematic areas identified as key reforms areas, namely: Constitutional, Security Sector, Judiciary, Parliament, Public service, Media and Economy.

In his interview, Leanya, appearing as the first candidate before the panel said he understands there are plenty of issues that will have to tackle by NRA, due to being a time-bound authority, but out of seven thematic areas, as CEO, he would prioritize the Constitution thematic area, particularly Legislative Report.

A second candidate, Khathibe, acknowledged Lesotho has had a long history of Political Instability and Security Challenge and said its current instability is due to longstanding problems.

Khathibe said overtime, all Lesotho’s instruments of public concern have been in place for so long that they have now become irrelevant.

That being said, Khathibe said due to his vast professional background in projects, as CEO he would approach NRA as a project, carefully tackling it in four stages which are initiation, planning, execution, closure, and delivery of the project.

“Our post-independence era has been characterized by varying degrees of political and security sector instability. The constitution that we have and other laws have not been kept abreast of the developments that have taken place,” said the third presenting candidate Motanyane.

Motanyane said his biggest concern is the Constitution sector since a lot of other issues according to him “hinge” on it.

He also stated that for the Reforms to be sound, they will have to be implemented in an inclusive and open manner.

On her part, Kanetsi believes that “justice for all”, will be one of her main concerns.

Kanetsi also believes that the Constitution will have to be harmonized with international protocols and during her time as the CEO, in an attempt to heal the nation, particularly the youth; she will ensure that implementation of mandatory psychosocial support and cleaning programs are initiated.

A man of strong convictions, as described by Professor Kappa, the last presenting candidate, Ntepe, said his core strategy as a CEO will be to first deal with the core problem of Lesotho, Economic Development.

In his presentation, Ntepe said Lesotho’s problems stem from the fact that everybody is scrambling for the loaf as a means to survive.

According to Ntepe, Lesotho’s small economic base is creating anarchy and has blamed it on the corruption within Lesotho’s governance which he hopes to fix as an NRA CEO.

Letsoela said the open interview was only responsible for 25 percent of the candidates’ marks with 75 percent remainder allocated to respond to questions at the second round of questions fired from panel.

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