THE National Reforms Authority (NRA) has been given a six-month extension by Members of Parliament (MPs) after unanimously adopting the report of the Portfolio Committee on the Law and Public Safety Cluster on the authority's Regulations, 2021 in the National Assembly on Monday.
Nov. 23, 2021
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NRA gets 6 month extension
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on the Law and Public Safety Cluster, Lekhetho Mosito
- Some of NRA's staff contracts had already expired
- Authority needs time to engage new employees to complete its mandate
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Chairperson of the committee, Lekhetho Mosito said NRA's time was almost over, although its mandate had not been completed, hence the need for the extension.
He said some of NRA's staff contracts have expired, adding that some of the officers had already moved on to find employment elsewhere while others are just finalising their contracts.
''These regulations allow the NRA to hire new staff without following the Public Service Commission procedure due to the limited time left,'' Mr Mosito said.
He noted that in order to avoid nepotism, his committee pleaded with the NRA authorities to be transparent in hiring the new staff, adding that priority should be given to the officers already in the body’s employ, especially people who are in possession of the necessary qualifications and skills to perform their duties.
MP for Qhalasi No. 57, Palo Leteetee seconded the motion, saying the authority is the brainchild of the leaders’ forum, which is mandated to undertake the reforms processes.
He said because the NRA has encountered some challenges while in the process of the national reforms, there is need for new regulations which will enable it to engage new staff.
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Minister of Home Affairs, Motlalentoa Letsosa also supported the motion, saying due to limited time remaining, it would be wise to give the authority all the resources it requires in order to fulfill its mandate.
He likened the NRA to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), saying its good work will be measured by attaining peace for the country but if that fails, it would be proved by chaos after every election.
The NRA has been mandated to carry out reforms on seven thematic areas including media, security, public service, economy, constitution, judiciary and parliament. LeNA