Thabane’s reform indaba riles opposition

Thabane’s reform indaba riles opposition

MASERU – PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane is today expected to hold a public service reform validation meeting that will exclude non-state actors.
The meeting is meant to validate or declare the public service reform and its processes legal and binding.
Prime Minister Thabane, Public Service Minister Semano Sekatle, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Temeki Tšolo, Agriculture Minister Mahala Molapo, Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro and two representatives of the country’s 10 district administrators are expected to speak at the meeting.

The discussants will be Health Minister Nkaku Kabi, Education Minister Ntoi Rapapa, Development Planning Minister Tlohelang Aumane and the European Union Ambassador Christian Manahl.
The opposition, however, says it was expecting to take part in the deliberations.
The spokesman of the opposition in Parliament Motlalentoa Letšosa said they will not accept a Public Sector Reform Report that will be done in their absence by the government.
Letsosa argued that the meeting that is scheduled to take place today belongs to the government alone.
He said that meeting is the government’s “thing” that has nothing to do with them.

Letšosa is the MP for Qalabane constituency and has served as a minister in various ministries in the previous government.
He further argued that the scheduled meeting was just a dubious meeting that had been given a romantic name.
“For the public service to be improved and reformed properly it is only when we all have a voice on it,” Letšosa said.
And chances are high that the reforms will fail if the government is holding meetings alone.
He said by the moment the government tables their report they will start from the beginning because they are not aware of it.
He said Basotho deserve a voice on reforms.

The leader of opposition in Parliament, Mathibeli Mokhothu, also shared the same sentiments.
He said the decision by the government to exclude them as a joke.
Mokhothu said they did not receive any invitations and they do not even want to be involved in their “thing”.

Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organization’s Executive Director Seabata Motsamai said they have heard about the meeting but were not been invited.
He said they are waiting for the government to issue a blueprint for relevant stakeholders to take part.
Motsamai said: “We believe that the meeting is internal but other stakeholders have to be consulted for transparency but we are waiting for the executive to clarify their standpoint and then we highly expect them to consult us after.”
Government spokesman Nthakeng Selinyane said the meeting is just a project or a study that was commissioned by the government and it is technical.
Selinyane said the meeting was not meant for other parties as it dealt with internal issues.

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