Category Archives: Opinion

When the state is weak, constitutional reforms are a prerequisite

When the state is weak, constitutional reforms are a prerequisite

The main function of the state is to sustain and maintain order and stability in society. The state is made up of different institutions (government) to provide services for the public. Government is part of the state, but its temporary; it is the means through which the state is brought into operation, and it exercises impersonal authority. In its broadest ...

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A new dawn for African migrants

A new dawn for African migrants

Leaders show commitment to better migration policy by approving free movement of people across Africa. It has taken over 25 years, but the African Union (AU) has at last endorsed the idea of free movement of people in Africa. On January 29, the AU summit adopted the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to Free Movement ...

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Winds of change blow through Southern Africa

Winds of change blow through Southern Africa

But is it real change or just an evolution from one-man states to one-party states? It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after 38 years in power. He was replaced by Defence Minister, ...

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Reforms are not a panacea

Reforms are not a panacea

When Lesotho transitioned from single-party politics to volatile coalition politics in 2012, it became apparent to all and sundry that the post-independence constitutional design had lost its elasticity. Consequently, the reforms agenda emerged to occupy the centre-stage in the public discourse. It took some time to be accepted by all the political players, but now it is indisputably the only ...

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Lesotho political parties’ inclusive reforms pledge

Lesotho political parties’ inclusive reforms pledge

Continued from last week . . . In signing the inclusive Reforms Process Pledge before the June 3, 2017 elections, the Lesotho political parties together with international observers, envisaged that no party shall renege on this important National Programme. All 29 political parties in Lesotho, College of Chiefs, Christian Council of Lesotho, Independent Electoral Commission and Lesotho NGOs; together with ...

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Will Jacob Zuma be ousted as SA’s president?

Will Jacob Zuma be ousted as SA’s president?

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s scandal-hit president, may not see out his second term now that the governing African National Congress (ANC) party has elected Cyril Ramaphosa its leader. For the last few years Mr. Ramaphosa has been Mr. Zuma’s deputy, but their relationship has been an uneasy one. Mr. Ramaphosa ran on an anti-corruption ticket, and many believe this means ...

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Africa tackles inequalities in education

Africa tackles inequalities in education

At the dawn of independence, incoming African leaders were quick to prioritise education on their development agendas. Attaining universal primary education, they maintained, would help post-independence Africa lift itself out of abject poverty. As governments began to build schools and post teachers even to the farthest corners of the continent, with help from religious organisations and other partners, children began ...

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What happens when society ignores sexual assault?

What happens when society ignores sexual assault?

On my first day in Lesotho — a hardscrabble, high-altitude kingdom in sub-Saharan Africa — the security guard at my government-run lodgings shook my hand and held on too long. After several awkward seconds, I clumsily took my hand back. Later that night, around 10 pm, I awoke to someone rattling the door handle of my rondavel — a round stone hut ...

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DC members crossing could destabilise AD

DC members crossing could destabilise AD

If 10 Democratic Congress (DC) Members of Parliament (MP) eventually conclude to join the Alliance of Democrats (AD) as anticipated, the latter is likely to be destabilised a political analysts said. Mr. Sekonyela Mapetja from the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) said: “It is understandably tempting for the AD to gather as much numbers as they can, but it ...

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Mphofe brings jobs, tenders in the palm of your hand

Mphofe brings jobs, tenders in the palm of your hand

STAFF WRITER MASERU – An open platform that allows people to advertise jobs, scholarships and tender opportunities, mostly for free – Selibeng.com – in collaboration with the Youth Career Assistant Association and Codepool, on Wednesday launched a new mobile application product, Spane App for Android mobile devices. Youth Career Assistant Association alias LesCAss, is an association of youth committed to ...

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