SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax met the new UNDP Resident Representative to Lesotho Mr. Salvatore Niyenzima on 3rd June 2017 in Maseru, Lesothoon the margins of the SADC Election Observation Mission to Lesotho.
During the meeting the UN commended SADC for its efforts in facilitating the reforms process through among others the institutionalization of the SADC Oversight Committee (OC) to the Kingdom of Lesotho as established by the SADC Summit to monitor the implementation of SADC Summit decisions regarding the political and security situation and act as an early warning mechanism in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Mr. Niyenzima pledged to work with SADC in ensuring peace and stability in the Kingdom.
The two parties highlighted the need for lasting peace, security and political stability, which is critical for the sustainable socio-economic development of the Kingdom. They noted the positive developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho including the launch of the reforms process in December 2016 and noted the roles that both SADC and UNDP have played in supporting the Kingdom.
The Parties agreed to continue working together after the elections, to prioritize among others the need to continue with the political dialogue to be led by the SADC, and the formulation of an options paper on the reforms to facilitate an inclusive Basotho led engagement process, towards constitutional, public sector, judicial and security sector reforms in the Kingdom