By DPE Communication
The DPE team made a presentation before the National Dialogue Planning Committee (NDPC) on the 13th November, 2018 at the State Library in the presence of the members of the committee representing sectors including NGOs, political parties, chiefs, private sector, youth, disability and government.
The main purpose of the presentation was to discuss meetings DPE held with the sectors who are likely to be left-out of the reforms process, including former government senior officers, former army senior officers (Lesotho Defense Force, Lesotho Mountain Police Service, Lesotho Correctional Service and National Security Services), former diplomats, senior citizens, prominent persons, veterans of the Lesotho Liberation Army Veterans Association and regular radio callers.
These groups have shown interest in the reforms process and proposed additional meetings to allow time for more discussions. The committee welcomed the presentation by DPE and admitted that these are people who are likely to be left out of consultations on the reforms process. They said that people such as former diplomats had very little chance of consultation under their own process while former government principal secretaries had a better chance of consultation because of the political nature of their jobs and likelihood of continued involvement in party politics. The committee accepted DPE’s request to include some of these groups during the formal consultations on the reforms and said that the groups will be included during consultations on the seven sectoral issues. DPE appreciated the welcome given by the committee and the desire to include the groups in the formal consultations on the reforms and reported that the sectors are expecting feedback from DPE on this very issue, where the sectors will also select their representatives to the formal consultations through the Multi-stakeholder National Dialogue to be held from the 26th to the 28th November, 2018. The committee requested DPE to provide necessary support on this process both during district dialogue and meet with the committee in preparations of this work.