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Title:The ombudsman and the enhancement of good governance in Lesotho
Author:Mahao, N.L.
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development
Geographic term:Lesotho
Abstract:Critical to the crisis of good governance in Lesotho are the disproportionately enormous powers of the State relative to civil society and the individual. Governance has been characterized by concentration of power in the executive arm of government. Arbitrariness, overt coercion, unaccountability, corruption and ineptitude are common. The inception of the concept and institution of ombudsman in Lesotho, incorporated in the 1993 Constitution, must be contextualized against this background. For the ombudsman to meet the challenge of being an effective watchdog over administrative conduct, its autonomy from those it must police is arguably one of the key preconditions. This is a question which relates to its mode of appointment, tenure of office and operations. The ombudsman's powers and functions, and the environment in which (s)he has to operate, are further crucial elements. The accessibility and financial and logistical needs of the institution need to be given due consideration and, where possible, legal backing. Note, ref.