Lesotho under African
by Journal Chrétien
Lesotho’s democracy and good governance will be assessed for five months through the African Peer Review Mechanism (ARPM), following the signing of the contract by the ARPM National Governing Council and research institutions here on Tuesday, APA learn here.
The contract was signed in the capital Maseru by the National Governing Council of the ARPM and the Technical Research Institutions, which are namely the Institute of Southern African Studies (ISAS) based in the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and the Lesotho Institute of Public Administration (LIPAM) who are based in the capital.
Apart from good governance and democracy, the two institutions will research on cooperate, social and economic governance of Lesotho, a senior official told APA here.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Tebello Metsing, said following the research, Lesotho will be reviewed at the African Union heads of states summit scheduled for July next year.
“African leaders are expected to subject themselves on scrutiny of good governance and economy. This is why Lesotho will be reviewed at the African Union heads of states summit scheduled for July next year,” he said. Also at the signing ceremony, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of NUL, Molapi Sebatane, said research was a critical element in the implementation of the ARPM in Lesotho .
He said the signing ceremony represented a culmination of team work between National Governing Council and the institutions, pledging that they will perform the task as effectively as expected.
The research is expected to begin in December, covering the whole country, and will be completed in April 2008.
APRM is an African self monitoring mechanism voluntarily acceded to by AU member states, and Lesotho acceded to the mechanism in July 2004 — joining a group of countries demonstrating unwavering commitment to the pursuit of democratic governance.