Transform Lesotho Initiative (TLI)is a project by the youth of Lesotho founded to create a platform for discussion about issues that affect the youth in the country. The petition is addressed to the government of Lesotho and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
In a recent interview with Metro, Ts’olo Kabane, TLI representative, said: “TLI launched the online petition in an effort to take the first step of action for what we believe the country deserves; a capable and diligent government. Through the petition we raise issues that are most important to us as young people as well as to the future of this great nation.
“For a long time, young people have been complaining about the way issues that concern them are handled. So, we believe this is the time to take action that will transform Lesotho to become a country which is moving forward and excelling in different sectors. We believe when the youth of Lesotho are united, determined and passionate about our country’s success great milestones can be achieved and transformation can happen.”
The petition is hosted on the change.org, titled #BachaShutdown. Asked why #BachaShutdown, Kabane told Metro: “Lesotho youth are finally speaking up and challenging those in power for what they (youth) legitimately deserve. We are shutting down mediocrity!”
The campaigners’ target is to reach 1000 signatures weekly, and by the time of publishing it had garnered 974 endorsements. When asked how they want the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) to be reformed, Kabane stated: “NMDS is very important to the development of our country and it needs to be treated as such by government. First of all, we believe that if it gets rivatized or given more autonomy it would be more efficient because it would be governed by corporate governance and not under government red tape or bureaucracy.