Lesotho Prime Minister begs civil society to ensure free and fair elections

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Maseru- Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has asked the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to be loud to ensure that the country’s upcoming general poll planned for February 2015 is free and fair.

Lesotho's Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane
Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane

Officially opening the 15th annual NGO week today, Thabane pleaded with the civil society organisations to help the kingdom’s politicians to transform in order to allow for peace to thrive.

“We have a chance to join other countries that believe that democracy is an answer to allow for development. There is still a lot of work to be done. You have to see to it that politicians behave well ahead of the election,” said Thabane who leads the country’s tripartite coalition government.

He noted that Lesotho has remodelled its Constitution in order to allow for a rule by many political parties to join hands in governance.

“We need to develop a coalition system for peace such as it was done in Mozambique and South Africa. Please help us politicians,” requested Thabane.

According to him, the country faces many challenges among them problems of poverty and political intolerance manifested in the “recent jostling for power,” urging that constitutionality was the only key to good governance.

The political problems that saw parliamentarians “being ungovernable” led to Lesotho eventually heading for snap election, he warned.

The central theme of the NGO week is Constitutionalism and Democratisation in the Context of Coalition Politics and Regional Integration and is attended by 300 delegates from an assortment of civil society organisations under the Lesotho Council of NGOs.

The week long annual NGO meeting is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Lesotho.

The meeting will be a platform for civil society to voice the concerns of the citizens for a social change while ensuring the organisations remain relevant to to current development challeneges in the country.

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