Kamoli exit: Too little too late?
recommendation) was that the soldiers, who are currently imprisoned for alleged mutiny, be released.” “And so I had discussion with the government on these issues and encouraged them to implement the recommendations made by SADC.”
The US envoy further went on to instructively lament on Lesotho’s eligibility for the facilities, which I reckon laid down the requirements clearly for Lesotho: “I don’t know what the verdict will be, but the writing is on the wall.”
From the foregoing it is clear that Lesotho has to make meaningful and concrete steps in implementation of the SADC decisions. That way, there might still be hope for Lesotho to save the situation in the eleventh hour and thereby stand in a favourable position in terms of eligibility for AGOA and MCC. It is not all doom and gloom for Lesotho.
Clearly government has in the past been dragging its feet towards implementing all these recommendations. This tendency by government was most evident when dealing with SADC at various forums.
My reading of the practice of the US in the past has taught me that they will not be placated by the removal of the commander only. They will also look to government to implement the other decisions. Past experience has shown that the US is not a paper tiger and it will insist and act on the implementation of the other decision. The US will not dance to the delaying tactics tune of the government in the implementation.
The efforts of government in removing the army commander in the line with SADC decisions that emanate from the Phumaphi Commission are much appreciated but more needs to be done in implementing the other decisions as the sun, figuratively speaking, will set on Lesotho’s eligibility for the two facilities.
Though there has been a lot of dithering on the part of government since the SADC decisions were communicated to government on 18th January, for implementation, there is still time for government to execute though disturbingly there is very little room and time.