Ramaphosa back in Le­sotho

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

SOUTH africa’s Deputy Pres­i­dent, Cyril Ramaphosa, who ar­rived in Le­sotho yes­ter­day, is to­day ex­pected to meet Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Com­man­der, Lieu­tenant gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao, over the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Maseru Se­cu­rity ac­cord signed on 23 Oc­to­ber 2014.

Un­der the ac­cord, Lt gen Tlali Kamoli, Lt gen Maa­parankoe Ma­hao of the LDF, and Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Khothatso Tšooana, would go to a South­ern african De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) or Com­mon­wealth coun­try on spe­cial leave within 21 days, to al­low the restora­tion of cor­dial re­la­tions be­tween the two feud­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies.

Lt Gen Ma­hao last night con­firmed to­day’s meet­ing with Mr Ramaphosa, who fa­cil­i­tated the Maseru Se­cu­rity ac­cord un­der the au­thor­ity of SADC.

“I have been in­vited to a one-on-one meet­ing with Mr Ramaphosa and we will be dis­cussing where I will be go­ing for my spe­cial leave of ab­sence. We are also go­ing to dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Maseru Se­cu­rity Ac­cord,” Lt Gen Ma­hao said.

Lt gen Ma­hao re­fused to dis­cuss where he would want to go for the spe­cial leave, and told the Le­sotho Times: “The pub­lic will know, in due course, where I will be go­ing, but at the mo­ment I don’t want my free­dom of thought and ac­tion to be jeop­ar­dised.”

Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, Mr Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son, Ron­nie Mamoepa, told the Le­sotho Times he was not in a po­si­tion to re­veal who the deputy pres­i­dent would be meet­ing and when.

“I can’t tell you who he will be meet­ing to­mor­row but Mr Ramaphosa would be com­ing to build and con­sol­i­date on the re­cently-signed Maseru Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Dec­la­ra­tion (MFD) and Maseru Se­cu­rity ac­cord, which were signed on 2 and 23 Oc­to­ber 2014 re­spec­tively,” Mr Mamoepa said.

The MFD was signed by all the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal lead­ers for par­lia­ment to re­open on 17 Oc­to­ber and dis­solved two months later, and early elec­tions held in Fe­bru­ary 2015, in­stead of the ini­tial 2017.

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