Top diplomats call for speedy completion constitutional reforms

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By Pulane Chaka

Following the Southern African Development Community Facilitation team’s—lead by Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke—consultation with various stakeholders, diplomats have called for multi-stakeholder national reforms implementation to resume.

Moseneke’s and envoy’s visit to Lesotho follows heated arguments between the Minister of Justice Professor Nqosa Mahao and National Reforms Authority’s Chairperson Pelele Letsoela over appointments of secretariat, and emoluments of members of the authority and other regulatory issues.

However, the European Union Commission’s Ambassador, Christian Manahl in a diplomatic tone, said the SADC Facilitator visit was a meet and consult with stakeholders as well as diplomatic community within Lesotho on progress on reforms.

For Manahl, implementation of reforms had been hampered by Covid-19 pandemic but as risk level dropped there should be no reason for implementation not to continue.

“The time to next elections is short and enactment of key reforms, notably those concerning parliamentary system, constitutional aspects, and judiciary reform, should be completed well before elections,” said Manahl.

Manahl said he believes an external actor, such as SADC Facilitation Team, sometimes brings a more balanced view.

He however said external organization—SADC—can not implement the reforms and is merely here to facilitate.

Adding to Manahl sentiments, Jasmine White, the newly appointed Public Affairs Officer at the United States of America’s Maseru Embassy said following their meeting with Moseneke’s envoy, the U.S. Embassy appreciated its dedication in supporting Lesotho’s reforms process.

“We encourage the government of Lesotho and National Reforms Authority to maintain focus on completing reforms quickly and to satisfaction of people of Lesotho,” White said.

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