SADC de­mands progress re­port

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

THE South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) is main­tain­ing a tough line on the govern­ment and de­mand­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of “each” of the rec­om­men­da­tions in Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi’s re­port into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect” as well as a progress re­port.

SADC’S de­mands are con­tained in a let­ter writ­ten by Mozam­bi­can Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi in his ca­pac­ity as chair­per­son of the SADC Or­gan on Pol­i­tics, De­fence and Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion.

The let­ter, dated 11 March 2016, is ad­dressed to Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and sets time­lines for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SADC in­quiry’s rec­om­men­da­tions in line with the de­ci­sions of the re­gional bloc’s Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit of 18 Jan­uary 2016.

Among other res­o­lu­tions, the troika urged the Le­sotho govern­ment to im­ple­ment Jus­tice Phumaphi’s rec­om­men­da­tions com­piled af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a 10-mem­ber Com­mis­sion of In­quiry.

Mr Nyusi’s let­ter fol­lowed a visit to Mozam­bique by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing on 25 Fe­bru­ary 2016. Mr Mets­ing first met the Mozam­bi­can leader be­fore meet­ing SADC chair­per­son and Botswana Pres­i­dent Ian Khama to give an up­date on de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try.

Part of the let­ter reads: “I wish to make ref­er­ence to a meet­ing held on 25th Fe­bru­ary 2016 in Ma­puto, Mozam­bique with a del­e­ga­tion from the King­dom of Le­sotho, led by your spe­cial en­voy, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Honourable Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

“I am grate­ful for the in­for­ma­tion shared with me by the del­e­ga­tion par­tic­u­larly on progress made by the govern­ment of the King­dom of Le­sotho since the SADC Dou­ble Troika sum­mit of 18 Jan­uary 2016. I hereby sub­mit the at­tached re- cord of the meet­ing in sum­mary.”

Mr Nyusi out­lines what was agreed dur­ing the meet­ing, and among the res­o­lu­tions was the sub­mis­sion to the SADC sec­re­tar­iat of the com­mis­sion’s re­port “with ex­pla­na­tion on how it dif­fers from the orig­i­nal re­port and rea­sons for any vari­ance”.

“Sub­mis­sion of the re­port should be done with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and not later than Fri­day, 4th March 2016,” states the let­ter.

The Mozam­bi­can leader also in­structs the govern­ment to im­ple­ment “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect” the rec­om­men­da­tions of the in­quiry.

“. . . and sub­mit progress re­port thereof on each rec­om­men­da­tion with a clear roadmap and time­line in line with the de­ci­sions of the 18 Jan­uary 2016 SADC Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit. The progress re­port should be sub­mit­ted by Fri­day 4th March 2016.”

He also urges the govern­ment to “fi­nalise the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on the safe re­turn to the King­dom of Le­sotho of all ex­iled Ba­sothos (sic) that in­clude pro­vi­sions of se­cu­rity to the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter (Thomas Tha­bane) and other op­po­si­tion lead­ers. This process should be fi­nalised by, 4th March 2016”.

The govern­ment, Mr Nyusi says, should also sub­mit a roadmap with time­lines on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­sti­tu­tional, pub­lic sec­tor and se­cu­rity sec­tor re­forms in line with the 18th Jan­uary 2016, SADC Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit.

The roadmap should be sub­mit­ted by 31 March 2016, he fur­ther says.

Mr Nyusi con­cludes by say­ing he ex­pects to hear a re­sponse on the strides made in ad­dress­ing the is­sues raised.

Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, Dr Mo­sisili’s press at­taché, Mo­tumi Rale­joe, said he could nei­ther con­firm nor deny his prin­ci­pal’s re­ceipt of the let­ter from Mr Nyusi.

“I was on leave for my mother’s burial and worked out­side the of­fice to­day. So I can­not not con­firm re­ceipt of the said let­ter be­cause I have not seen it my­self,” Mr Rale­joe said.

“How­ever, if the let­ter was re­ceived, I am sure the govern­ment has looked at it and will def­i­nitely duly re­spond to Mr Nyusi.”

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili re­ceives the Phumaphi re­port from SADC chair and Botswana Pres­i­dent Ian Khama in Jan­uary in Gaborone, while SADC Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax looks on.

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