We, at MISA Lesotho, wish to address a matter of utmost importance that has compelled us to take action in defense of constitutional principles and the rule of law.
In light of recent developments concerning the reinstatement of dead parliamentary business, we have decided to file a constitutional application challenging the constitutionality of the Standing Order that grants the National Assembly the power to revive inactive legislative matters.
Our decision to challenge this Standing Order stems from our firm belief in the vital role that media plays in upholding constitutionalism and the rule of law within our society.
The media, often referred to as the Fourth Estate, stands as a guardian of democratic ideals, ensuring transparency, and accountability.
They are the ideals which we hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, they are ideals for which we are prepared to die, as famously said by Nelson Mandela, encapsulates the unyielding commitment that MISA Lesotho holds in upholding constitutionalism and the rule of law.
Our recent decision to file a constitutional challenge regarding the reinstatement of dead parliamentary business is a testament to our dedication to these ideals.
Let me be unequivocally clear: MISA Lesotho’s objective is not to frustrate or delay the reform process, which is undeniably crucial for the advancement of our nation. Rather, our aim is to ensure that these reforms are implemented with the utmost respect for the constitution, preserving the rule of law and the principles of democracy.
We firmly believe that the ends should never justify the means. The success of the reforms initiative hinges on its adherence to constitutional norms and lawful processes. By upholding the constitution, we safeguard the integrity of the reforms and contribute to the long-term stability of Lesotho.
Nelson Mandela’s words remind us that our convictions are worth defending, even in the face of challenges.
As MISA Lesotho’s Chairperson, I am committed to defending the principles of constitutionalism, the rule of law, and media freedom that lie at the heart of our democracy.
These are the ideals for which we are prepared to stand and advocate, no matter the obstacles we encounter.
Our challenge is not merely legal, but a moral duty to ensure that Lesotho’s future is built upon a solid foundation of democratic values. Our goal is to contribute to a constructive and transparent process that honors the principles of democracy, accountability, and the rule of law.
Our efforts are aimed at preserving the foundational values that underpin our nation’s governance.
Additionally, we share concerns about the inclusivity and transparency of the reforms process. A successful and meaningful reforms initiative requires the active participation of all stakeholders, ensuring that the diverse voices of our society are heard and respected. Unfortunately, we have observed instances where crucial role players have been snubbed or overlooked, leaving them excluded from the process.
We advocate for an inclusive approach that allows all segments of our society to contribute to the reforms process. Genuine reform requires the input and cooperation of citizens, civil society organisations, and all relevant institutions.
By fostering inclusivity and transparency, we can collectively work towards a stronger and more united Lesotho.
We stand ready to engage constructively with all stakeholders to ensure that the reforms process is carried out in a manner that upholds the rule of law and serves the best interests of our nation.
Chairperson, MISA Lesotho