Demarcating Local Authorities' Boundaries for Good Governance versus the People-to-People Relations: the Case Study of Lesotho

"This paper looks at the local authorities’ boundaries demarcation process in Lesotho as a pre-requisite for the holding of local government elections and the implementation of local government. It also looks at the implications of such an exercise on the lives of the people. The paper argues that while the demarcation of council boundaries is mainly meant to usher local government councils into place, it has not paid adequate attention to the people–to people relations. The notion of people-to people relations is very important as it means the way in which people relate amongst themselves and it is also about peoples’ coexistence. The paper suggests that during the demarcation process in Lesotho, the demarcating authority used positional negotiations when it conducted public consultations."