Maseru – A judicial retreat is a once-in-a-decade moment that instils pride in the Judiciary.
In his welcoming remarks at the Judicial Retreat to exchange ideas on Money Laundering and Proceeds Crime 2008, its Amendment of 2016 and Penal Code Acts of 2010, Justice Semapo Peete said the Lesotho Judiciary’s has a long-distinguished history of excellence, industry, impartiality, fearlessness, research, and unrivalled integrity.
He said this is the first time after a long period that a judicial retreat is held in Lesotho as the last one was held in 2006 in Mohale’s Hoek, saying the importance and rarity of the gathering can also be gleaned from the calibre of its participants.
He thanked the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Financial Intelligence Unit for technical expertise and funds to make the gathering a success, and called on the Executive and the Legislative branches of government to allocate funds to the Judiciary for future retreats.
Justice Peete however acknowledged the scarce financial resources and funds for government initiatives across the broad spectrum, which might lead to frugality in expending public funds.