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Statement of Appreciation on progress to Reforms

16 May, 2024
MISA Lesotho firmly believes that these proposed amendments will contribute significantly to strengthening our democratic institutions, including the media, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

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By Kananelo Boloetse (Chairperson – MISA Lesotho)

MISA Lesotho extends its sincere appreciation to the Minister of Law, Honourable Richard Ramoeletsi, for his initiative in tabling the 10th and 11th Amendments to the Constitution Bills in parliament. This significant step forward represents a positive development in our ongoing efforts to enhance constitutional governance and uphold the rule of law in Lesotho.

The journey leading to this moment has been marked by numerous challenges, and MISA Lesotho acknowledges the collective dedication and perseverance of all stakeholders involved in advocating for these crucial reforms. We particularly commend the tireless efforts of legal professionals, civil society organisations, and concerned citizens who have diligently worked towards ensuring the integrity of our constitutional reform processes.

The recent legal battles, including the successful appeal against the constitutionality of Standing Order No. 105B, underscore the importance of upholding the principles of constitutionalism and transparency in parliamentary proceedings.

MISA Lesotho firmly believes that these proposed amendments will contribute significantly to strengthening our democratic institutions, including the media, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

In light of this positive development, MISA Lesotho calls upon all stakeholders to approach the process of reforms with the utmost care and diligence it warrants. We emphasise the need for constructive dialogue, collaboration, and mutual respect among all parties involved.

It is imperative that we set aside personal interests and prioritise the common good of our nation. Dissenting voices should not be discouraged and punished but rather embraced to ensure inclusivity. We hope MISA Lesotho was the first and last organisation to be punished for advocating for the rule of law and constitutionalism. Such actions are unnecessary in a constitutional democracy.

As an organisation dedicated to promoting media freedom, free speech, and access to information, MISA Lesotho reaffirms its commitment to actively engage in the ongoing reform process. We stand ready to contribute positively and constructively to discussions aimed at ensuring that the outcome of this process reflects the aspirations and needs of the people of Lesotho.

Together, let us continue to work towards building a stronger, more democratic, and inclusive Lesotho for generations to come.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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