Moseneke talks tough

Moseneke talks tough

MASERU – SADC broker in Lesotho’s political reform process, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, is pushing the government to reopen the parliament before August 5.
Parliament was hastily adjourned indefinitely early June in an apparent move to save Prime Minister Thomas Thabane from the embarrassment of a vote of no confidence.
Justice Moseneke, a South African retired judge acting on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa to facilitate peace in Lesotho, announced that political parties reached the agreement during his visit last month.
He said the parties agreed to protect and safeguard the progress and milestones that have already been achieved in the reforms process.
“The parties commit to remove all the obstacles and impediments which might unduly delay, undermine or derail the reforms process in the kingdom of Lesotho,” Justice Moseneke said.
He said the parties undertook to ensure that parliament be convened not later than 5 August 2019 for the process of enacting a law that will establish the national reform authority.
He said there shall be a mechanism or structure that will be established and enacted as a successor of the national dialogue planning committee which will have its primary objective as the implementation of the resolutions and decisions of the second plenary.

“Such mechanism or structure shall be referred to as the national reform authority (and) shall manage, coordinate and shepherd the reform process after the second plenary,” he said.
Justice Moseneke said the national reform authority shall be an inclusive political and executive body consisting of no less than 45 and not more than 50 members, with one representative of the political parties registered with the Lesotho Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and one representative from political parties outside parliament in Lesotho.
He said the chairperson and deputy chairperson shall be elected amongst its members and their respective names shall be submitted to the government for formal appointment and gazetting.
“The national reform structure shall be independent, transparent and accountable to any affected party with a legitimate interest in matters related to national reform structure,” he said.
He further said the national reform authority shall initiate the process for appointment of the chief executive and deputy chief executive officers.

“In addition, the national reform authority must appoint seven qualified and experienced persons as technical heads of the seven agreed thematic areas of reform,” he said.
He said there shall be a secretariat made up of suitable qualified people to assist the chief executive officer and his financial human resources and carry out other responsibilities.
He said parliament must enact legislation that gives effect to the establishment of the national reform authority.
He said the functions of the national reforms authority will include being a custodian of national reforms, “to ensure the implementation of national reforms”.
Justice Moseneke also said the authority will propose legislation and policy documents for national reforms in the line with the national multi stakeholder national dialogue and navigate the same through the relevant national structures for legislation.

It will engage the service of experts where necessary and liaise with the Executive and the Legislature.
Justice Moseneke said the authority will identify and recommend to Parliament issues that need urgent attention.
It will plan management of oversight decisions of the second plenary and report to him, the government and the official leader of the opposition in parliament.
He said the parties agreed to a timeframe.
He said the submission of the final report on sectoral consultations will be tomorrow.

He said pre-national leaders’ forum is set to be from 22 to 23 July while the national leaders’ forum will be on 30 to 31 July.
He said the second plenary will be held on the 16 to 18 November.
He also said the qualification and disqualification of members of the national reform authority will be set out in the legislation.
He said the national reform authority must complete its work within one year and if necessary for an extended period not exceeding six months.

Nkheli Liphoto

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