Transformation Resource Centre in its advocacy for Good Governance and Human Rights has been closely observing and monitoring the proceedings of the National Assembly of Lesotho’s Public Accounts Committee which resulted from the Auditor General’s report compiled for three consecutive financial years of 2013/14;2014/15;2015/16. As part of Civil Society mandate to strengthen and support all democracy and good governance institutions in the country, while also promoting Public Participation in issues of good governance, TRC held a public forum in the form of a Friends Meeting to discuss the PAC report at in-depth. The panellists were the PAC chairperson Hon. Selibe Mochoboroane, former Accountant General and Independent Auditor at PKF- Mr. Sam Mphaka, Political Scientist-Miss Mamello Rakolobe from the National University of Lesotho, and Mrs Mafani Masoabi who is the Accountant General. The activity attracted Members of Parliament, Government Officials, Civil Society, Academia and Media and aimed to popularise the findings of the report to the public in order to exert pressure on the government to implement the PAC recommendations.
The Transformation Resource Centre held a friends meeting on whether Government of National Unity (GNU) is the solution to the Lesotho’s political instability. The meeting was held on the 14th June 2019 on TRC’s premises. The main Presenters were Mr. Mothejoa Metsing leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), Tsepang Tsita Mosena deputy leader of Movement for Economic Change (MEC) and Prof. Nqosa Mahao deputy leader of All Basotho Convention (ABC). Each political party representative presented his or her own party position regarding GNU. Amongst the invitees were members of parliament, political parties, civil society, media and the public. The forum is a platform where all stakeholders can engage on topical matters in the country and help direct TRC’s advocacy. The session was also streamed live on Transformation Resource Centre facebook page.
Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) launched Professor Kopano Makoa’s book titled “Politics, Government and Governance in Lesotho since 1993” on the 5th June 2019 at TRC premises. TRC had published the book on behalf of the professor. The publication provides a brief over view of politics, government and governance in Lesotho since the restoration of the country’s constitutional rule in 1993. It also adds an update to the matured available volume of books in Lesotho’s politics, government and governance of which the last publication belonged to Ferguson (1990) the Anti-politics machine: development, depoliticization and bureaucratic power in Lesotho”. Prof. Makoa’s edition is a suitable read for researchers and undergraduate students studying in the field of politics. It aligns with TRC’s programmatic mandate of good governance constituting of programs such as parliament, human rights, civic education and local government that extensively deal with parliament affairs, local government issues, advocacy in reconstruction of oversight institutions- DCEO, Auditor General and the Ombudsman to improve performance, elections and relations with specific government arms such as the military and police. The book covers all these aspects intensively and more.
KOMITI EA NAHA EA KOBO-TATA
(as elected on the 1-2 Feb. 2019)
1. Moetapele > Dr. Thabane
2.Motlatsi oa Moetapele > Prof. Nqosa Mahao
3.Molula – Setulo oa liboka > Sam Rapapa
4.Motlatsi oa Molula -Setulo > Chalane Phori
5.Mongoli – Kakaretso > Lebohang Hlaele
6.Motlatsi oa mongoli > Nkaku Kabi
7.Ramatlotlo > Tlali Mohapi
8.Mongoli oa lipuisano > Likhapha Masupha
9.Mongoli oa Likhokahanyo le Liphatlalatso > Montoeli Masoetsa
10.Motlatsi oa Mongoli oa Likhokahanyo le Liphatlalatso > Matebatso Doti
Transformation Resource Centre through the Public Participation and Parliamentary Affairs unit facilitated an activity on the 15 and 16 August 2018 aimed at building institutional development of political parties to strengthen parliamentary democracy. The activity was divided into two sessions. On the first day there was a keynote address and presentation by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Honourable Teboho Lehloenya who addressed the following issues:
- Proper Management of political parties in a democracy
- The effect that political parties’ internal instability have in parliament
- how the weakness of political parties affect the life of parliament and
- to inquire if the political parties are fit for the purpose for which they are established
Professor Motlamelle Kapa from the academia (National University of Lesotho) carried out a research for TRC on the Proliferation of Political Parties in Lesotho. The Professor therefore presented the findings that were made in his research and engaged the participants on the discussion. The session enabled a dialogue where participants identified issues within their political parties which they believe led to political party splits. Later, Dr Victor Shale made a presentation on the political party programs that could help strengthen internal democracy and reduce conflicts.
During the second session, Adv. Maqakachane, President of Law Society Lesotho made a presentation of a comparative study that has been made on how other countries who have a political parties act carry out their business in regard to the administration of political parties. The aim here is to conscientize the participants about the importance of having clear systems in place such as good laws and legislation.
Adv. Mamosebi Pholo representing the electoral body (IEC) made a presentation on the accountability and compliance of political parties. The aim was to capacitate political parties and show them the importance of compliance so that they remain in good standing with this body for them not to be de-registered.
All these presentations and discussions helped build a consensus among stakeholders that there is a need for Political Parties Act that would provide for the administration, development and regulate political parties to promote integrity of their operations.
SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) through its civilian unit led by Ambassador George had a consultative meeting with TRC on the 5th April 2018. The delegation sought human rights breadth of view from the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) as a leading civil society organization on human rights issues in Lesotho. The organization has contributed tremendously in raising human rights awareness an seeking redress for people whose rights have been violated. TRC continuously advocates for the right to fair trial to separate the guilty from the innocent in order to achieve a just society.
Transformation Resource Centre hosts a post budget dialogue with Minister of Finance Dr Moeketsi Majoro and Economist Dr Maluke Letete. The dialogue engaged multi stakeholders to interrogate the proposed budget 2018/19, themed “Pursuing Job Creation and Restoring Fiscal Stability and Sustainability”.
(Through the Consolidation of Peace and Stability)” In attendance were CSOs, youth, community budget monitors, policy makers, the academia, and the media among others.