Govt dodged bullet at SADC summit - Analysts
He says the government’s belligerent approach towards the regional bloc had backfired after Lesotho was threatened with suspension.
“They (coalition government) have learnt the hard way how dangerous it can be to defy SADC. The government needs to implement the Troika’s recommendations to ensure Lesotho emerges from this crisis as a united nation at peace with itself and focused on development,” says Dr Kapa.
“While it’s understandable that there are sensitive parts of the report that are not for public consumption, we expect the rest of the report to be published without any alterations. We also expect all the recommendations to be fully implemented even if they may not be for public consumption.”
He also urges the regional bloc to remain vigilant in ensuring Lesotho implements the recommended constitutional, public sector and security sector reforms.
“It is paramount for SADC to never lose sight of the happenings in Lesotho. They should always keep an eye on the implementation processes,” Dr Kapa says.
“It would also be irresponsible for South Africa as a regional behemoth to allow the situation in Lesotho to deteriorate any further.”
He adds that pleas by government for drought assistance from development partners needed to commensurate with good governance and accountability.
“It would have been very unwise for the government to reject the SADC Commission of Inquiry’s report after declaring a state of emergency last month due to the prevailing drought,” notes Dr Kapa.
“How do you ask for assistance and refuse to comply with democratic principles at the same time. Surely, that would be a great contradiction.”
Tlohang Letsie, also from the NUL’S political science department, agrees with Dr Kapa, adding that SADC had shown it was not a toothless bulldog with its ultimatums to Lesotho. He says the developments in Gaborone left Dr Mosisili in a catch-22 situation.
“Basotho should look attentively at the government’s reaction to the directives made by SADC. Dr Mosisili will now have to choose between obeying SADC’S recommendations or continuing to protect certain elements aligned with the coalition government,” Mr Letsie says.
“The coalition government is mainly composed of the Democratic Congress and Lesotho Congress for Democracy parties which stood by the army during the height of instability in the country.
“Dr Mosisili’s relations with the army and his other allies will come under greater scrutiny since the Commission of Inquiry’s report will most likely deal with security sector reforms.”
SOME of the leaders of the seven-party coalition government listen to Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili (third from right) during yesterday’s press conference.