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APRM delegation jets in

By Thoboloko Ntšonyane

MASERU – The African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) Target Mission Review is currently in the country holding for with different stakeholders on the unconstitutional changes in government.

Addressing the journalists at the pre-brief on Wednesday this week, the head of the Target Mission Review, Ambassador Aly Houssam Eldin Elhefny Mahmoud Mohamadein said Lesotho has been selected to be one of the six case study countries.

He said the African Union (AU) Assembly’s 16th Extraordinary decision charged the APRM to focus on the third edition of the Africa Governance Report (AGR 23) taking into consideration the unconstitutional changes in governments.

Meanwhile, Lesotho has recently committed to reviving the APRM process.

“It is to be recalled that the Kingdom of Lesotho joined the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on 8 July 2004. Lesotho is one of the pioneers of the APRM to undergo peer review on 30 June 2009. Lesotho is to be commended for its commitment to the APRM good governance programme since its accession to the APRM and its recent commitment to revive the process in the country.

“Following the AU Assembly 16th Extraordinary decision that directed the APRM to focus the third edition of the Africa Governance Report (AGR-23) to reflect issues related to unconstitutional changes of government on the continent…,” he said.

APRM is a self-monitoring governance mechanism and mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the AU Member States as an African.

Adopted in 2003, the APRM has to date completed 25 comprehensive first reviews and five-second reviews based on democracy, political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance, and socio-economic development.

Among the stakeholders that the Target Mission Review has met are the journalists, the Chief Justice, and civil society actors.

 “I am optimistic that Lesotho has all the tools to implement the recommendations from the report we submit, in order to improve governance,” the Ambassador said.

The delegation consisted of Dr Rachel Mukamunana, the Director for Country Reviews at the Continental Secretariat; Ejigayhu Tefera, the Review Team Coordinator; Dalmar Jama, Technical Advisor to the CEO and expert on Economic Governance and Public Accountability; Tšeliso Lesenya, a national expert on Popular uprising, Militarisation, Terrorism and Change of Government; and Yonela Tom, Continental Secretariat expert on Communications.

The targeted review mission will be in the country until October 5.