Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN) held Sectoral Consultations on Reforms
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The consultations were meant to achieve two main objectives- that the sectors identify policies and legislative framework negatively affecting their Institution or and a sector that should be included when reforms are implemented and secondly the sectors dealt with the seven thematic areas on reforms as well as each sector highlighting its contribution for building Peace, Stability and Economic Development in Lesotho.

By and large, these sectors corroborated considered views that Basotho in general has on their Constitution which when either amended or repealed will touch on the other six reforms thematic areas. What is new is that sectors were able to bring forth a number of legislative framework that needs to be in place and also laws that need to be amended. These laws are singled out in the matrix following this summary. The matrix indicates a sector, issues affecting it, legal framework needed and recommendations and or pathways suggested.

Notably, among the sectors there were some representing vulnerable groups. These are groups that are mostly not consulted even in dealing with issues concerning such sectors. The consultations offered a platform for the likes of Children, Herd boys, Batho ba Mekhoa le Meetlo, People with Disability, Sports fraternity to present their issues as people directly affected.

Sectoral Consultations on Reforms

Having gathered at Manthabiseng Convention Centre from the 22nd to 25th July 2019 with an aim of contributing in the Reforms Processes the Country is undergoing; Undertaking this august exercise in light with a noble theme the Reform Process has adopted- ‘The Lesotho We Want: Dialogue for National Transformation’. LCN offered a collective of 27 organised formations an opportunity to collate their views as organised formations in the reform process. LCN was guided by a reality that these formations if left out there was no way laws affecting them as a collective could be part of the reforms. LCN is further guided by the guiding principles for the Reform Process as entailed in Section

3.3 of the Roadmap especially two subsections reading as follows:

3.3.3 National ownership by all Basotho: The reforms will only succeed if they are fully owned by the Basotho through a consultative process;

3.3.4 Inclusiveness and participation: The reforms will involve the full diversity of Basotho without discrimination of political, social or other status. All Basotho will have a voice through public input on the content of programmes and policies –either directly or through legitimate institutions that represent their interest.

In order to achieve this foresight, the sectoral consultations were organised under the theme- “Leaving No One Behind: The Voices of the Collective in the Reforms Process in Lesotho”.


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