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COALITION GOV'T WORKING HARD TO IMPLEMENT REFORMS - PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili says the Coalition Government is working hard to ensure that the present regime implements reforms as plans are at an advanced stage.

The Prime Minister said this when delivering a Christmas message on state own Television Studios on Friday.

Dr Mosisili said on December 05 was the official launch of various reforms during the first reforms Conference held in Maseru at 'Manthabiseng National Convention Centre, however noting that the focus was mainly on the country's constitution, security agencies, parliament, public service and judiciary.

He said on that day, he reminded the nation that the reform programme will grant the nation an opportunity for reflection and introspection to see where they made mistakes in the past by relying on other nations to tell them what do to.

'We are really relying on other nations to control us on how to run our affairs,' he highlighted.

The Prime Minister however said their hope is that they will never rely on other nations on how to run their affairs, once they implement the reforms programme of action.

He therefore urged Basotho to forget putting their personal aspirations above that of the country, but to put the nation first so to get into the New Year with a new mindset ready to make plans for the implementation of reforms, which he said have been long waited since 2013 after the delegation of Members of Parliament returned from a study tour in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Dr Mosisili highlighted the nation on what the Coalition Government has achieved since taking over in 2015, focusing on few Ministries and departments only.

He said the Office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has managed to finalise investigations to eight high profile cases, and are ready to be heard in the courts of law.

He said extradition of prisoners between Lesotho and South Africa were completed, among them the one including Lehlohonolo Scott who is currently in the courts of law in Lesotho as well as Lets'ola-Kobo Ntsie whose case has been completed, and is waiting his extradition.

“There is an estimated 2600 cases completed countrywide since the beginning of the year,” he commented.

He said the Ministry of Police today has managed to revive the police publication through the assistance of Alliance Insurance Company, adding that the Defence Ministry has managed to improve regional relations and signed Arms Trade Treaty, purchased five vehicles and bought Makoanyane Hospital medication and that the army also bid farewell to former Commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.

The Prime Minister said for some time, the Government has been eager to end atrocities made to Basotho immigrants at the border gates come to an end.

He said since 2007, two Governments of Lesotho and Republic of South Africa signed a bilateral agreement for easy movement of Basotho immigrants, saying this might have taken a long time but they are happy that now Basotho immigrants have been granted an opportunity of easy cross border as about 180,000 applicants of Basotho who applied for permits to stay in South Africa, while 50,000 are in possession of the permits.

He added that there are 1,300,000 Basotho in possession of birth certificates while 720,000 have National Identity Cards, adding that the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced tattoo mark and branding.

Dr Mosisili said following a severe drought which ravaged in most of the Southern African countries, he was forced to announce the drought emergency relief since the nation was faced by starvation.

He however said early in 2016 the country experienced rainfall which helped the framers to plough wheat, peas and fodder.

The Prime Minister said they are expecting a good harvest and food security will be maintained in other families, adding that fruit trees were also planted in Thuathe, Qoqolosing and Mahobong.

The Prime Minister’s Christmas message is made annually to wish the nation a Merry Christmas.

Source: LENA 23/12/2016

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