Another step on the road to national peace and future stability in Lesotho came late last month with the convening of a National Leaders’ Forum the Southern African Development Community (SADC) reports.
The forum is part of what the regional bloc terms “long stalled preparations” for a national stakeholder dialogue.
The National Leaders Forum was undertaken in conjunction with the team supporting the SADC Facilitator to Lesotho led by former South African Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke. The two day gathering ended with the signing of the Lesotho National Leaders Forum Declaration on Comprehensive Reforms (LNLFDCR). It was attended by representatives of the ruling coalition, opposition political parties, civil society, religious organisations, traditional leaders and leaders of Lesotho society.
According to SADC: “The signing of the declaration is a significant and critical step toward an inclusive, participatory, democratic, transparent and comprehensive reforms process.
“All signatories pledged to fully and effectively implement the declaration and committed to convening the National Dialogue without undue delay. The National Dialogue is intended to debate and agree on a consensus basis on how to move forward with the reforms process in Lesotho. The National Leaders Forum agreed on the composition of the National Dialogue Planning Committee and adopted the Terms of Reference of the Committee.”
The National Leaders’ forum is seen as a confidence building measures among Lesotho stakeholders and will provide impetus for implementation of SADC decisions regarding the future of the mountain kingdom.