Ramaphosa re­turns to Le­sotho

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli Mr Ramaphosa was in­vited long be­fore the SADC Dou­ble Troika meet­ing was called (on 13 June 2016). How­ever, I can’t say the sum­mit won’t be dis­cussed be­cause af­ter all, he is the SADC fa­cil­i­ta­tor on Le­sotho is­sues

SOUTH Africa’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is ex­pected in Le­sotho to­day to dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tional, po­lit­i­cal, pub­lic ser­vice and se­cu­rity sec­tor re­forms.

The South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) Dou­ble Troika com­pris­ing the lead­ers of Botswana, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Malawi, namibia, Tan­za­nia, South Africa (Or­gan Chair) and Zim­babwe ( SADC chair) met in Pre­to­ria on 15 Septem­ber 2014 and man­dated Mr Ramaphosa with co­or­di­nat­ing ef­forts aimed at re­solv­ing Le­sotho’s po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

Through Mr Ramaphosa’s me­di­a­tion, Le­sotho went for early elec­tions on 28 February 2015, which brought in a new seven-party gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili but the se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges per­sist, hence his visit to Maseru yet again.

A Com­mis­sion of In­quiry es­tab­lished by the SADC Dou­ble Troika in July last year to in­ves­ti­gate the killing of for­mer army com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao by fel­low Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) mem­bers on 25 June 2015, rec­om­mended con­sti­tu­tional re­forms for sta­bil­ity to re­turn to the trou­bled King­dom.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ad­vo­cate Lekhetho Rakuoane yes­ter­day con­firmed Mr Ramaphosa’s one-day visit, which he said was at the in­vi­ta­tion of the gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­forms.

Asked if Mr Ramaphosa was also com­ing to dis­cuss the SADC Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit on Le­sotho to be held in Botswana on Tues­day next week, Adv Rakuoane said: “Mr Ramaphosa was in­vited long be­fore the SADC Dou­ble Troika meet­ing was called (on 13 June 2016). How­ever, I can’t say the sum­mit won’t be dis­cussed be­cause af­ter all, he is the SADC fa­cil­i­ta­tor on Le­sotho is­sues”.

Re­peated ef­forts to get a com­ment from Mr Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son, Ron­nie Mamoepa, were fruit­less yes­ter­day as his phone rang unan­swered.

Mean­while, next week’s Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit to be held in Botswana was con­vened to dis­cuss progress Le­sotho has made re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry’s rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at end­ing the coun­try’s in­sta­bil­ity.

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