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Lesotho elects new APPN steering committee

By Staff reporter

MASERU – In a seamless transition, the African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN) Lesotho Caucus has welcomed the new steering committee.

This development unfolded last week.

The caucus has unanimously voted Thoboloko Ntšonyane as the Dean taking over from Nkoale Oetsi Tšoana, a high-achiever in whose footsteps Ntšonyane would be walking.

The other incoming steering committee members are Pinki Moletsane as the Secretary, the General Organizer, Thapelo Mabote, Dean of the Press Corps, Neo Mokatsa and ‘Mamosalla Ramosalla has been elected as the Representative of the Public Affairs.

The incoming Dean, thanked the caucus for expressing confidence in him, urging them for support as he takes over the new role.

He further called for popular participation and engagement of the parliament reporters in the caucus activities. The Dean also pressed on the need to harmonize working relations with both houses of parliament (Senate and the National Assembly).

Ntšonyane also urged them to amplify the activities of the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

The new Dean appealed to them to follow and report on the PAP committees that Lesotho has membership in.

He reiterated the need for the government of Lesotho to sign and ratify the Malabo protocol, a move that will enable the platform to address transnational crimes.

The Protocol requires at least 28 ratifications for it to come into force.

For his part, the incoming General Organiser was impressed by the gender balance on the incoming steering committee.

Mabote further talked of the importance for the eleventh parliament to appreciate the work of the caucus.

He said the incoming eleventh parliament should be conversant with the regional parliaments and select strategic Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent Lesotho’s interests ably. Mabote said sometimes the country loses opportunities as it lacks representation in certain committees, referring to the recent sitting of PAP wherein Lesotho lost on the opportunity to head the PAP Youth Committee.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Dean urged his successor to have patience as he is going to work with many people.

Tšoana also appealed to the caucus to trigger the resuscitation and formation of the media students committees at the tertiary institutions, the editors’ forum and the journalists’ union.

He challenged the caucus to also give its voice on the plight of the media students.

APPN is a network of African journalists and parliament information officers and its headquarters are in Accra, Ghana.