April 26th 2017

World / East Africa

Top Lesotho govt officials in Kenya to draw lessons for reforms

While appreciating that African problems need African solutions, the deputy prime minister said that it would only be better for African countries with such problems to try and seek help from colleague African nations.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 05 Apr 2017 16:22 EAT

Nakuru County Jubilee Party chairman David Manyara addressing the Lesotho delegation led by the deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing.

The government of Lesotho will pick lessons from Kenya's electoral, political and constitutional reform processes in its bid to reform the South African nation. The country has sent a delegation to Kenya led by the deputy prime with the aim of familiarizing itself with the effected reforms in Kenya with a view to emulating the same back home.

Speaking Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call at the Jubilee Party Nakuru County offices Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing said that given the nature of Kenya constitution 2010, reforms in the political security and electoral process had taken place thus placing Kenya in a distinct position compared to other African countries.

                                                Lesotho deputy prime minister addressing the media at the jubilee party Nakuru county offices.

He said that so far Kenya is among the few countries in Africa with the best constitution, a reason he said has pushed his country to learn from what Kenya did during its reform process. While appreciating that African problems need African solutions, the deputy prime minister said that it would only be better for African countries with such problems to try and seek help from colleague African nations.

Considering that early general elections will be held in Lesotho on 3 June 2017 to elect all 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament, Metsing said that there was need for them to familiarize themselves with operations of the jubilee party since they have a coalition government in Lesotho.

The elections will be more than three years ahead of schedule due to a successful vote of no confidence against the incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. He pointed out that he was amused by the manner in which the jubilee party was structured adding that it serves best the purpose of uniting Kenyans.

He was accompanied by Lesotho deputy principal secretary for the ministry of foreign affairs, Lesotho envoy to Kenya and Lesotho deputy principal secretary for the ministry of law and constitutional affairs.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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