‘Phumaphi re­port of­fers win­dow of op­por­tu­nity’

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signed by lead­ers of the seven-party al­liance in April 2015. TRANS­FOR­MA­TION Re­source Cen­tre “The beau­ti­ful Coali­tion Agree­ment en(TRC) Di­rec­tor Tsoeu Pet­lane says gov­ern­cap­su­lates some of the is­sues that were ment’s de­ci­sion to re­ceive Jus­tice Mpa­phi raised by SADC and the Phumaphi com­misPhumaphi’s re­port on Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity sion,” Mr Pet­lane said. of­fers a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to re­store “The seven-party coali­tion has not been good gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity in the able to im­ple­ment what they agreed on be­coun­try. cause they have mainly fo­cused on putting

Mr Pet­lane made the re­marks this week out fires. They should ac­ti­vate what they set af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili fier­a­tion chair­per­son, Mozam­bi­can Pres­i­dent “It would be bet­ter for the govern­ment to out to do in the Coali­tion Agree­ment since nally re­ceived the South­ern African DevelFelipe Nyusi. is­sue a pub­lic state­ment on where they stand they have seven months ahead of them beop­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) Com­mis­sion of Ac­cord­ing to Mr Pet­lane, the govern­ment’s as far as the re­port is s con­cerned, rather than fore they can sub­mit a pro progress re­port to the In­quiry re­port at the end of the bloc’s Dou­ble de­ci­sion to re­ceive the Phumaphi re­port had re­leas­ing a trun­cated d ver­sion of the re­port.” SADC Sum­mit in Au­gust.”Au­gust. Troika sum­mit held in Gaborone, Botswana given Le­sotho a win­dow pe­riod to ad­dress its He also noted that ad­dress­ing the causes of He said the gov­ern­ment­gov­ern­men and the op­po­sion Tues­day. political and se­cu­rity chal­lenges. Le­sotho’s peren­nial in­sta­bil­ity would tion bloc needed to agree on a frame­work

SADC ap­pointed Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phu­maHe said the govern­ment’s feed­back to Mr re­quire Ba­sotho at all ll lev­els to be for the lat­ter to end theirth boy­cott of the phi of Botswana last July to lead a 10-memNyusi on the re­port would set the tone for fu“as open and hon­est as pos­si­ble”. Na­tional As­sem­bly be­forebe the re­port is ber team of le­gal and se­cu­rity ex­perts in the ture en­gage­ments. “I hope the gov­ern­men­trn­ment will tabled in the au­gust h house. probe which was held be­tween 31 Au­gust “We can only wait and see what our gov­not bring up the is­sueue of na­tion“Par­lia­ment is the only plat­form for and 23 Oc­to­ber 2015. The in­quiry, which ern­ment will do. Firstly we have to see if the al se­cu­rity in fail­ing to ad­dress the op­po­si­tion to of­fi­cial­ly­offi en­gage the also in­ves­ti­gated the killing of for­mer Le­so­gov­ern­ment will ac­knowl­edge re­ceiv­ing the th­ese is­sues since there­here are a govern­ment and par­tic­i­patep in the tho De­fence Force com­man­der Maa­parankoe re­port in their feed­back,” said Mr Pet­lane. lot of unan­swered ques­tions ues­tions in process of na­tiona na­tional re­build­ing,” Mr Ma­hao by his army col­leagues, sub­mit­ted its “It re­mains to be seen if our govern­ment our na­tion,” said Mr Pet­lane. Pet­lane noted. find­ings to the re­gional bloc last month. will re­spond to SADC in the man­ner the bloc “I would ad­vise govern­ment “How­ever, it i is a dou­ble edged

Fol­low­ing the re­port’s sub­mis­sion, the has stip­u­lated by com­ing up with a roadmap to err on the side of be­ing sword. TheTh op­po­si­tion has govern­ment re­fused to re­ceive the doc­u­ment, to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions or take open than to err on n the to com com­mit to re­turn­ing ar­gu­ing that it was await­ing the out­come the op­po­site route.” side of keep­ing thingsgs to thet au­gust house of a court chal­lenge by Lieu­tenant-colonel He said govern­ment would show its sin­from the pub­lic eye. andan the govern­ment Tefo Hashatsi which sought to nul­lify the in­cer­ity in re­solv­ing the chal­lenges out­lined in SADC ex­pects a ha has to com­mit to

crm ment cre­at­ing con­ducivean en­vi­ron­for quiry. How­ever, the Dr Mo­sisili-led coali­tion the re­port by not edit­ing the doc­u­ment be­fore lot of progress to govern­ment backed down on Tues­day af­ter pub­lish­ing it. Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic In­quicome from this the Dou­ble Troika re­solved to im­me­di­ately ries Act, 1994 Sec­tion 8(3) the prime min­is­ter pe­riod and will be theirthe re­turn. That sus­pend SADC ac­tiv­i­ties in Le­sotho. may with­hold any por­tion of the Com­miskeenly mon­i­tor­ing is the chal­lenge our

Af­ter Le­sotho agreed to re­ceive the re­port, sion’s re­port if, in his or her opin­ion, na­tional the govern­ment’s le lead­ers face, and the sus­pen­sion was re­voked, with the gov­se­cu­rity, the pri­vacy of an in­di­vid­ual and or im­ple­men­ta­tion of th that con­ver­sa­tion ern­ment given the task of pub­lish­ing the right of a per­son to a fair trial out­weigh pub­the re­port’s re­com­needs to start re­port by 1 Fe­bru­ary 2016 and pre­par­ing lic in­ter­est. men­da­tions.” now.” a road map for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of con“While it is within the premier’s pow­ers Go­ing for­ward, sti­tu­tional, pub­lic sec­tor and se­cu­rity sec­tor to edit or re­vise the re­port, our ex­pec­ta­tion he said the gov­ern­re­forms. SADC also man­dated govern­ment is that he will pub­lish and present it to our ment could build on to pro­vide feed­back on the re­port to the Or­rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Par­lia­ment in its unedited the tenets of the Cogan on Pol­i­tics, De­fence and Se­cu­rity Coop- ver­sion,” Mr Pet­lane said. ali­tion Agree­ment

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