Makgothi launches  national  dialogue project

Makgothi launches national dialogue project

MASERU – FOREIGN Affairs Minister Lesego Makgothi says it is time to stand up and rectify the mistakes that have led the country into political turmoil for decades.
Makgothi was speaking at the official launch of the Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilisation Project in Maseru on Monday.

The project was launched in conjunction with the UNDP.
Makgothi said the project is designed to facilitate the process of consensus building and to provide a conducive environment for the smooth implementation of the national reforms.
He said prior to last year’s general election all participating political parties had pledged “to prioritise reforms after the elections”.

“This pledge was an affirmation of commitment of parties to play an important role in ensuring that Lesotho attains its rightful place among a comity of nations,” Makgothi said.
He said Prime Minister Thomas Thabane had also, during his inauguration speech on June 16 last year, “reiterated this commitment and that of the coalition government to prioritise the national reforms during the tenure of office of the current regime”.

He also said King Letsie III directed that the implementation of the Comprehensive National Reforms must be a priority for all Basotho in order for this country to realise sustainable peace and stability, during the opening of the 10th parliament of his government.

“In order for this noble aspiration to see light of day, the government of Lesotho developed a roadmap in February 2018 entitled: “The Lesotho we want” which was subsequently endorsed by SADC,” Makgothi said.
“This is a framework document that is intended to guide the process once adopted by all stakeholders at the proposed National Leaders’ Forum tentatively slated for 1st to 3rd August 2018,” he said.
“It is on the basis of this roadmap that government further initiated preparatory processes that are intended to support the implementation of the reforms.”

He said the document was submitted to the UNDP to request assistance through the Peace Building Fund for financing of the preparatory processes for the Comprehensive National Reforms.
Makgothi announced that the UNDP had provided US$2 million (about M26 million) to support the Comprehensive National Reforms.

He said the National Dialogue and Stabilisation Project Towards Comprehensive National Reforms will run for the next 18 months.

“Just as we have shared in the successes and failures of the past, so shall our fates be shared and destinies entangled in the days and years that lie ahead,” Makgothi said.

“We are living in an unstable country and we have no peace and stability,” Makgothi said.
“So we need to stand-up and rectify the mistakes that had led our country where we are today, and the reforms are the means that can help us to be where we want to be,” he added

The UNDP Resident Coordinator, Salvator Niyonzima, said the project is part of the reforms which they hoped would bring country peace and stability to Lesotho.
According to the Head of Governance and Peace-building Unit at the UNDP, George Wachira, the agency had gone out of its way to assist Lesotho carry out the reforms.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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