MASERU – The Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organisations (LCN) has urged its affiliates not to actively participate in party political activities.
The urge was made at the end of the 15thannual week-long NGO meeting attended by more than 300 delegates from the civil society organizations affiliated to the LCN.
The advice was part of the recommendations that were handed down to the LCN board for consideration to be roped in as resolutions emerging from the meeting.
“Our members must not be involved in holding political party positions as that would compromise our standing as civil society. Even we support certain potlical parties we should not be seen to actively hold offices of such parties,” said one participant.
The meeting observed that members should avert conflicting interests of the political parties to those of the civil society organizations saying “an outright participation in party political will jeopardize out course as civil society movements.”
Another participant at this meeting, which ended on December 12 2014, explained that any active political party involvement of the affiliated membership would also reduce the credibility of the council which is apolitical.
It was also recommended that the LCN executives should regularly visit the member organizations in order to monitor their capacity and performance, noting that that would help assess progress of the organizations.
However, they observed there have been instances when the council was accused of interference in the running of the affairs of member associations. Therefore, the meeting referred the participants to adhere to the code of conduct guiding the associations.
The 63 recommendations were to be compiled and handed over to the board of the LCN for adoption as resolutions that would guide the organization beginning December 2014.