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Lesotho launches publications to enhance peace-making

Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro


June 10, 2021 2 min read

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AS part of the national reforms process, the government of Lesotho in collaboration with the United Nations established documents on 'Party Democracy, Conflict Prevention and Consensus Building in Lesotho'.

This, Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro said at the launch of Publications and Dialogue Forum on Intra-and-Inter-Party Democracy, and Conflict, Peace and Gender Context in Lesotho.

He indicated the initiative falls under their partnership on the Programme on Renewal and Enhancement of Governance Architecture (PREGA 2019-2023).
The objectives of the initiative are to enhance local peace making and mediation initiatives including an inclusive national infrastructure for peace, early warning and community policing; strengthen intra and-inter-party democracy and consensus building among political parties and other influential social and political actors; and increase the number and profile of women mediators in the country.
Dr Majoro said this is an important initiative that complements the national reforms process following the extensive national dialogue process, the adoption of the national reforms recommendations and the establishment of the National Reforms Authority, which is currently engaged in the implementation of the reforms recommendations.

He said the two publications are based on interviews and consultations with a wide-range of stakeholders in the country.

The assessments he also noted outline a number of key findings and recommendations that may help improve Intra-and-Inter-Party Democracy and the Conflict, Peace and Gender Context in Lesotho.
Speaking at the same event, the acting UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Betty Wabunoha said the publications are such a contribution to help Basotho, to broaden their reasoning, to better understand their issues and challenges in party democracy, gender, peace, and conflict, as well as devise measures on how to redress them.
 


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She said political debate and research have shown that inclusion of party members in intra-party deliberation and decision-making can be done in a wide range of ways, across a variety of party models.
However, Ms Wabunoha said there is a convergence that using internally democratic procedures is more likely to select capable, appealing leaders who have more responsive policies and enjoy greater electoral success.
She said a democratic internal process strengthens a democratic culture generally, hence the need for a deeper understanding of the inter and intra party democracy in Lesotho.
The United Nations and its agencies have over years supported Lesotho’s development priorities contained in the country’s strategic development plans. LeNA

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