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Reforms Challenges

Introduction

NRA’s challenges and their effect on its mandate

Since its inception in 2019, the NRA has faced a myriad of challenged which have largely contribute to its delayed discharge of its responsibilities as outlined in the Plenary II Report. These challenges are dire, especially having been exacerbated by the spell of COVID-19. However, they are not insurmountable, as long as there is leadership that has to take measures to address them.

  • Financial Sustainability
  • Human Resource Capacity
  • Short Time-frame of NRA to Complete the Teforms
  • Popular Support & Ownership of the Reforms by Basotho

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Financial Sustainability

When NRA came to office, there was little financial and budgetary support from Government. This delayed many functions to the extent executive of functions started later, about seven-eight months later. This had a negative impact on building momentum required to execute the mandate and have impact on the ground. In the meantime, negative external perceptions were building up.

Poor financial capability affected many areas such as attracting good and capable that still have no experts. Also, procurement of equipment to allow employees do their experts as they found the proposed remuneration not attractive. To date, there are reform thematic areas job effectively also became a critical issue. Procurement of computers, printers and other necessary infrastructure came late.

Human Resource Capacity

When NRA came to office, there was little financial and budgetary support from Government. This delayed many functions to the extent executive of functions started later, about seven-eight months later. This had a negative impact on building momentum required to execute the mandate and have impact on the ground. In the meantime, negative external perceptions were building up.

Poor financial capability affected many areas such as attracting good and capable that still have no experts. Also, procurement of equipment to allow employees do their experts as they found the proposed remuneration not attractive. To date, there are reform thematic areas job effectively also became a critical issue. Procurement of computers, printers and other necessary infrastructure came late.

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Short Time-frame of NRA to Complete
the Reforms

The issue of the time allocated to the NRA to have completed its work by April 2022, after extension by SADC is also mockery of quality work that could be expected to come from the Authority. The general feeling from the NRA family is that even if the time could be increased by two years, still, it could not suffice to make a meaningful impact. This notion is predicated on an undeniable truth that a reform is not only about ticking boxes on what has been done and it ends there.

A meaningful reform is not about providing a list of things that have been done, but it is a lasting, patience and tenacity-demanding process that builds momentum overtime. It has to do with taking those affected by the reforms onboard in all stages, entrenching buy-in of all stakeholders and also gradually changing the mindset. A reform is not limited to processes, procedures, pieces of legislation and a list of policies that have been reformed a new ones formulated. It also includes, most importantly changing the attitudes of those on whom these instruments are intended to be implemented.

A reform denotes and also connotes change of wrong behaviours, attitudes and practices that have long been built in. the time frame given, does not suffice to say the least. Therefore, it is proposed that at least a time-frame of 3-5 years would give the Authority or any agency that can be brought to the fore to drive the actual implementation of the instruments developed by the NRA.

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Popular Support and Ownership of the
Reforms by Basotho

As earlier mentioned, popular support about the reforms is still at a low level. This owes to financial and human capital hurdles to build the brand of the Authority and to sell a good story about what it is doing.

Opportunities of NRA in Implementation
of its Mandate

The NRA has the following opportunities if it is to successfully carry out its mandate of reforms.

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