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The European Union Ambassador to Lesotho Dr Christian Manahi has commended Lesotho government for tabling the National Reforms Commission Bill, 2018 before the National Assembly saying the initiative is an important step in moving the reforms process forward.

Dr Manahi made the remarks when giving oral submissions of the EU on the Bill at the National Assembly in Maseru on Monday before the Portfolio Committee of Law and Public Safety.

He said the initiative is significant as the world through the local, regional and international communities are closely following the implementation of the reforms in Lesotho with keen interest.

Dr Manahi said the Bill is well structured as it covered all the sectors that are due to be reformed for the benefit of Lesotho. He however posed questions on some of the issues that include the healthy separation of powers as stated in the Bill and who is going to choose the eminent person or retired judge to become the Commissioners.

He said the Bill should be clear so that its implementation could go without facing difficulties. He indicated that posing the questions was meant to help the commission make clarification on certain issues after the submissions.

Dr Manahi pointed out that a roadmap and a multi stakeholder dialogue are two components that should be implemented to further collect opinions from a wide range of the community.

He suggested that ''Reconciliation'' should be given prominent recognition in the Bill as it is one of the key issues that should be promoted for the benefit of Basotho.

The Ambassador indicated that Commission once set up should report to the Prime Minister and Speaker of the National Assembly. 

The objective of the National Reforms Commission Bill, 2018 is to establish a commission which will facilitate a national dialogue on matters of the constitution and other related issues with the aim of insuring integrated constitutional, parliamentary, judicial, security and public service reforms.


Source: LENA 30/01/2018

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