Greetings from the Kingdom in the sky. Thanks a million for inviting us to share our experiences as Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) on the preparation towards the forth-coming elections in Lesotho.
Lesotho is having another snap-election since 2015. This also means that Lesotho will be going for the third general election since 2012. These elections are the result of a motion of no confidence in the current Prime Minister and his government. The King, therefore, dissolved parliament and the date for the elections was announced to be June 3rd 2017.
Preparations are underway to get ready. The Independent Electoral Commission is working around the clock to try to manage the process. Politicians are out there to canvass for their respective parties. SADAC observer mission is there, including the oversight committee. The NGO’s and Civic Organizations are busy trying to encourage people to vote in numbers.
The special role played by the Heads of Churches of the Christian Council of Lesotho is to focus on the leadership of contesting political parties. As the Christian Leadership we have asked political leaders to pray with us for the success of the elections. They have all agreed. It might be good to note that the out-going government had promised a number of reforms, including those of SADC. We deem these reforms necessary. We therefore asked all political party leaders to sign a pledge to embark of these reforms after the elections. By the grace of God, most leaders signed including some members of the regional bodies and international representatives.
That paved way for another meeting with same leaders which took place on May 10, 2017. It was the first prayer-dialogue with the leaders. There is another meeting scheduled for May 17, 2017. We are focusing on saving the soul of this nation,
Another important group of stakeholders that we interacted with was the Eminent persons on May 11, 2017. We hope to journey together with them even beyond the elections. Our desire was to meet as many stakeholders as possible but time is not our side. During all our meeting we stress the need for prayer, using the acronym: P- U-S-H, i.e. Pray Until Something Happens.
We appeal to all people of good will to pray with us during this important time of our history. Let’s keep in touch.
+ T. G. Lerotholi, omi
(Chairperson of Heads of Churches of the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL).