Maseru – Right skills are needed to address challenges and conflicts that usually occur during disagreements in politics, social settings and in households.
This was said by Independent Electoral Commission IEC Chairperson Justice Mahapela Lehohla when officially opening a six-day Leadership and Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders workshop in Maseru.
He said patience is one of the skills required to overcome the challenges, and leaders need to acquire the relevant skills, adding that founder of the Basotho nation, Moshoeshoe I had such skills, and also put the country’s aspirations above his personal ones.
Justice Lehohla commended the European Union EU for funding the workshop, saying it will go a long way to enable the leadership to manage conflicts.
Also speaking at the occasion, Ms. Victoria Florinder of the EU Centre for Electoral Support ECES said inclusiveness and using no violence are some of the values to be considered in conflict management, saying during elections sometimes tempers flare but commended the IEC for having managed post elections conflicts well in the past.
Ms. Florinder said political stability is a necessity for any country to develop, saying the EU and its partners are working in 14 Southern Africa Development Community SADC Member Countries, but the Leadership and Management Skills workshop is the first of its kind to be staged in the region.
Participates were IEC Officials, some members of the Civil Society Organisations, Christian Council of Lesotho, some political parties representatives and the judiciary, who are expected to impart the skills gained to their colleagues.
The workshop is facilitated by Vice Chairperson of the Election Support Network of the SADC and Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Support Network Ms. Rindai Chipfunde Vava and Senior Electoral Expert from Mozambique Mr. Zefanias Matsimbe.