Has Le­sotho reached its Ru­bi­con?

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At this sum­mit Le­sotho was told in no un­cer­tain terms that if it did not im­ple­ment, sus­pen­sion would be rec­om­mended to the full SADC Sum­mit in Au­gust this year.

SADC Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Vis­its Le­sotho In a move per­haps demon­strat­ing SADC’S an­noy­ance with Le­sotho in not do­ing any­thing to im­ple­ment its res­o­lu­tions, the re­gional body dis­patched its top of­fi­cial, the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Dr Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax, to Le­sotho to as­sess the progress in re­gard to im­ple­ment­ing the res­o­lu­tions. Pub­licly the Dr Tax made some ac­knowl­edg­ments that there was in­deed some progress.

How­ever, hard on the heels of her de­par­ture, per­haps after re­port­ing to the SADC chair, and SADC chair­per­son Pres­i­dent Ian Khama of Botswana, where SADC has its head­quar­ters, fol­lowed the strongly worded in­vi­ta­tion to Le­sotho, where the res­o­lu­tions were now re­ferred to as “De­ci­sions”.

The Ex­plo­sive In­vi­ta­tion to Sum­mit At this junc­ture, one will be ex­cused for re­ly­ing on a mere con­jec­ture as I do not have all the rel­e­vant sur­round­ing fac­tors be­hind SADC con- ven­ing the ex­tra-or­di­nary Dou­ble Troika Sum­mit sched­uled for 28th June, in Gaborone, Botswana.

My sus­pi­cion that this is diplo­matic lan­guage is an ex­plo­sive in­vite de­rives from the fact that it has now been close to a year since the demise of Gen­eral Ma­hao.

SADC and other in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Union, African Union and the United Na­tions, have been urg­ing the Le­sotho govern­ment to im­ple­ment the SADC rec­om­men­da­tions, in ad­di­tion to the se­cu­rity, public ser­vice, and con­sti­tu­tional re­forms as con­tained in the SOMILES re- port (i.e. the SADC Mis­sion to Le­sotho).

To date, my own dis­pas­sion­ate ob­ser­va­tion has been that not a sin­gle rec­om­men­da­tion or re­form has been im­ple­mented.

At least, no tan­gi­ble at­tempts at im­ple­ment­ing the de­ci­sions have been em­barked upon.

I may has­ten to add, not even the much-vaunted roadmap at least with time­lines, has been sub­mit­ted by govern­ment of Le­sotho to SADC as promised.

This is prob­a­bly what has pro­voked the ire of SADC to de­mand the sub­mis­sion of a progress re­port by the 17 June.

It also goes to ex­plain why the re­gional body con­vened an ex­tra­or­di­nary Sum­mit “to con­sider the po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the King­dom of Le­sotho, specif­i­cally the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SADC de­ci­sions”.

It will be re­mem­bered that SADC had ear­lier hinted that it would dis­en­gage and sus­pend its ac­tiv­i­ties in Le­sotho if the King­dom does not im­ple­ment its de­ci­sions.

This sum­mit there­fore clearly is the Ru­bi­con for Le­sotho. It is a point of no re­turn that pitches the coun­try with the re­gional body, in par­tic­u­lar, and the world, in gen­eral. It is a swim or sink mo­ment for Le­sotho.

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