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PM PRESENTS PROGRESS REPORT ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE

The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thabane has presented a progress report on preparations for national dialogue, reforms and implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decisions.

This was disclosed during the press briefing held in Maseru on Wednesday, following the one-day visit by the South African Deputy President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, and his delegation that included Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Oversight Committee, Justice Frederick Werema.

Addressing the media, Dr Thabane said Lesotho and South Africa are within the same region therefore are likely to have similar problems and interests hence it is important that they work together for economic improvement.

Dr Thabane therefore thanked Mr. Ramaphosa for his wisdom that he shared with Lesotho leaders since his appointment as SADC facilitator into Lesotho's political and security instability.

The Prime Minister pledged to ensure that the next time Mr. Ramaphosa comes to Lesotho, things will be put right and Lesotho will no longer top SADC's agenda.

Disclosing the purpose of his visit, the SA Deputy President said he came to find out on how Lesotho has progressed in preparation for the national dialogue after the successful elections and formation of the new coalition government.

Again on the list included his aim to establish how the country has developed on issues such as the reforms that SADC Summit decided.

Mr. Ramaphosa told the press that he has received a progress report from the Prime Minister, commenting that it is promising, and expressed hope that the national dialogue is underway and will be inclusive.

'It will be led by Basotho, it will be organic but all will go with the assistance of the organ whenever it is needed,” he remarked, noting that he will inform SADC leaders about the report which he said includes a road map to implement Phumaphi Recommendations to enable Lesotho climb a ladder to a stable economy.

Before June 03 polls, SADC recommended that Lesotho holds a national dialogue where constitutional, security, political, media and public service reforms will be discussed by all stakeholders before they can be put in place.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ramaphosa and his delegation paid a courtesy call to His Majesty King Letsie III.


Source: LENA 09/08/2017
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