Lesotho legal reforms initiative starts

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Hardly two weeks following the Lesotho’s Prime Minister address to the United Nations General Assembly that the country is to embark into constitutional reforms process to end political instability, a local non-governmental organisation, Development for Peace Education (DPE) is piloting legal reforms project at two constituencies of Taung and Mekaling in the Mohale’s hoek district.

Community Members at a Public Participation Session at Taung Constituency, seen here with Mookho Mphonyo one of administers of DPE questionnaire.
Community Members at a Public Participation Session at Taung Constituency, seen here with Mookho Mphonyo one of administers of DPE questionnaire.

Pushed by the conviction that; “Law and policies should be informed by community voices,” the DPE’s initiative began with a workshop on legal reform processes attended by local radio stations’ presenters of current and political programmes and their regular caller, as well as representative of political parties.

A public gathering on legal reforms at Taung Constituency, Mohale's Hoek
A public gathering on legal reforms at Taung Constituency, Mohale’s Hoek

According to the DPE’s Peace Education Researcher, ‘Mabataung Secker these are the people who should be the first to understand the process since they are active civic participants through the media with potential to influence general public participation in the reforms.

In the two selected pilot constituencies DPE has circulated a questionnaire with nine themes including security reforms, public service, powers of both the King and the Prime Minister.

The workshop was followed by a public gathering addressed by the Deputy Minister of Home affairs Hon. Phallang Monare.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Thulo Monare, addressing DPE's organised public gathering on legal reforms
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Phallang Monare, addressing DPE’s organised public gathering on legal reforms

In the meantime from the government quarters, legal reforms are top on the agenda with the name of the former President of the Appeal Court of Lesotho, Hon. Mathealira Ramolibeli featured as a chairperson of a fifteen member commission to execute the process.

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