Lesotho saluted for progress on peace talks


President Cyril Ramaphosa applauded progress in efforts to restore peace in Lesotho.

Speaking at the final Plenary of the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue on national reforms in the Kingdom this week, the South African President said it was an accomplishment that stakeholders had reached a critical stage in the reform process.

“I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation,” he said. “Irrespective of political or other affiliations, you have come to the table and worked with singular determination to reach consensus for the good of this country.”

He conceded the journey had been long and difficult.

“That we have made such progress is testimony to the strength of collaboration and the power of dialogue.”

Singling out the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union Delegation Office in Maseru, the President expressed gratitude to the international community for continued support.

“I also applaud the Facilitation Team led by retired SA Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who despite his busy schedule made time to engage to forge a way forward,” said the President.

“Since the inception of this national dialogue the goal has been clear – to realise the Lesotho the people of this kingdom want.”

The SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Tanzania in August applauded government and all stakeholders for their commitment to the national reform process and for progress achieved thus far.

The summit was impressed with the facilitation process and deemed it appropriate for the facilitator to take matters to their logical conclusion.

The facilitator is expected to report at the next summit, scheduled for Maputo in Mozambique in August 2020.

Ramaphosa said the Second Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary was a critical milestone in forging a political consensus on multi-sectoral national reforms and reconciliation in Lesotho.

“The plenary afforded all Basotho an opportunity to engage and reach consensus on identified areas of reform. These include constitutional, parliamentary, judicial, security and public sector reforms as well as in the media and economic sectors,” he said.

“The choice of the seven thematic areas for reforms captures the interplay between the political, social and economic factors impacting on stability.”

He said the success of the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary further demonstrated the commitment of the Lesotho people to building a prosperous, peaceful and united country.

“You are to be commended for this commitment. You have demonstrated that difficulties you encounter along the way will not succeed in reversing gains already made,” he said.