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MPs’ absence raises alarms on Security Sector Reforms


Editorial Comment

The recent civil-military relations and security sector transformation seminar organized by the United States embassy in Maseru has unveiled a concerning absence of our Members of Parliament (MPs).

With only one MP in attendance, questions loom over the nation’s dedication to crucial security sector reforms.

While BNP leader Machesetsa Mofomobe did participate in the seminar, his decision to skip the closing ceremony due to pressing commitments is understandable.

However, the glaring absence of other MPs is a cause for reflection.

Retired U.S. Brigadier General Russ Howard’s disappointment at the limited MP turnout echoes sentiments that we share. His call for greater MP involvement is not unfounded, as the seminar’s objectives – promoting democracy, civilian control of the military, and discussions on security service roles and missions – are vital cornerstones in ensuring national security.

Brigadier Naha Kolisang’s emphasis on our ongoing national reform process and the need for comprehensive security agency reforms cannot be overstated.

The seminar aimed to foster stronger relations between security agencies and civil organisations, highlighting the crucial role of parliament in national security matters.

Kolisang’s expressed dissatisfaction with the absent MPs, especially those in parliament’s security committees, carries weight. The essence of such initiatives lies in open dialogue and collaborative efforts.

Without active participation from all stakeholders, the endeavor risks falling short.

The challenge before us is clear: to foster positive civil-military relations and empower our nation’s leaders to effectively address the pressing security challenges facing Lesotho. Through concerted efforts, shared insights, and a commitment to best practices, this goal is within our reach.

The onus is now on our MPs and leaders to recognise the significance of such seminars and actively engage in shaping the future security landscape of Lesotho.

The path to a secure and prosperous nation demands their full participation and commitment.

In a significant stride towards advancing the rule of law, good governance, human rights, and gender equality, the government, in collaboration with the European Union (EU), on Wednesday launched a groundbreaking M170 million project.

This initiative, aptly named the ‘Support for the Reform and Strengthening of Governance in Lesotho project,’ stands as a testament to the EU’s commitment to bolstering the foundations of justice and accountability in our nation.

The official launch held in Mafeteng this week not only unveiled the project’s objectives but also showcased the collaborative efforts behind this laudable endeavor. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs, Justice Nthomeng Majara, presided over the event, emphasising the significance of this initiative for the nation.

As we embark on this transformative journey, it is crucial to acknowledge the EU’s generous support and collaborative spirit. Their investment in our country’s governance and justice systems is a powerful testament to the shared commitment to a more equitable, accountable, and just society.

Together, we stand on the precipice of a brighter future, where the rule of law is not just an aspiration, but a tangible reality for all Basotho.

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