Maseru – The annual general meeting of the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) ended today with women dominating the selection to the board of directors of the umbrella civil society movement.
The election saw six of the nine board members being women voted in a secret ballot to lead the organization and head the commissions within the LCN.
“The delegates have put the LCN on the map by electing a majority women to constitute the membership of the board. This means we’ll feature distinctively in the SADC Council of NGOs. It’s up to us to face the many challenges that we face,” said ’Mampho Thulo who was elected the president of the council. She is a director of the Rural Self-Help Development Association which is a member of LCN.
A second time president, Thulo is to lead the civil society movement in the next two years commencing December 2014. She emerged victorious after the position was uncontested.
Thulo steps into the status just a day after she became one of the witnesses to the political party leaders’ pledge to the Electoral Pledge conducted by the SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday allowing for free and fair poll.
’Mankhatho Selepe who holds charge at the Development for Peace Education (DPE) Policy and Public Participation section made her way to become Vice-President. She won by an overwhelming majority while another woman Thusoana Ntlama of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) took position as the treasurer.
Selepe commented after the selection: “We have been given difficult tasks to ensure that the organization carries out its mandate effectively in the interests of the membership throughout the country.”
Added to that was the selection of ’Manthuseng Foka to become the commissioner responsible for Disaster and Humanitarian Relief while ’Masebueng Majara of the Blue Cross of Thaba-Bosiu Centre now leads the commission responsible for Women and Children welfare.
Palesa Ntakatsane of the Patriot Vision in Action (PaVA) has been selected to lead the Democracy and Human Rights arm of the council.
The three men, Tsietsi Chabatsane of the Leribe Forestry Association (LFA), Ben Van Tonder of the Lesotho Economic and Social Justice Network (LESJN) and Thabiso Masenyetse of the Lesotho National League of the Visually Impaired Persons (LNLVIP) took up duties as Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources , Economic Justice, Health and Social Development Commissioners respectively.
The selection of the board was a culmination of the NGOs 15th annual week that began on December 8 2014.