“All government ministries must play their role in addressing issues that
affects communities and this can be achieved through platforms like the
national community parliament which deals directly with community
issues”. Development for Peace Education-DPE Researcher Mrs.
Mabataung Secker said this addressing representatives from different
ministries and the media during a handover session of community
motions on the national budget. She elaborated that the handover
session is intended to notify ministries about issues communities would
like to see included in the national budget.

The motions are raised by communities in the areas where DPE operates
and where other NGOs participating in the community parliament
operate. They would be formally presented at the community parliament
to be held in Maseru few weeks to come. Ministers, Principal
Secretaries, Directors and parliamentary portfolio committees are
expected to participate and take community issues for consideration as
they develop national budget.

Invited were 13 ministries and only thirteen representatives from the
ministries of Small Business, Gender, Education, Home Affairs,
Communications and that of Police were represented.