Lesotho government urged to develop roadmap for reforms


A southern Africa regional bloc Tuesday urged the Lesotho government and all political parties and other key stakeholders to develop a roadmap for constitutional and security sector reforms.


This is “a matter of urgency”, said a communique issued after the 35th Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) which ended in the Botswana’s capital city of Gaborone.

The summit reaffirmed the approved Terms of Reference of the Commission of Inquiry and strongly urged the Lesotho government to gazette the Terms of Reference of the Commission as approved.

The kingdom was forced into an early election in late February following an attempted coup in August last year. The current Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili emerged as the winner in the elections. He fired former army commander Maaparankoe Maho after taking office and re-appointed Tlali Kamoli as army chief.

Kamoli had been fired by former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and was behind the attempted coup that forced the country into early elections.

Soon after Kamoli’s re-appointment, several soldiers, including body guards of Thabane, were arrested and tortured on allegations that they were conniving with Mahao and former police commissioner Khothatso Tsooana to overthrow the government.

Soon afterwards, Thabane and Basotho National Party leader Thesele Maseribane fled the country, claiming they were tipped about plots to kill them.

This and the death of Mahao forced the SADC to set up the Commission of Inquiry in a bid to bring the situation to normalcy.

When delivering his maiden speech Monday at the summit, Mosisili said the Lesotho government will be committed in to reform processes that will attract various institutions.

SADC to remain seized within this reform process and extend supports where necessary, said Mosisil, adding that he will ensure that the new government of Lesotho will work well with SADC.

Meanwhile, the new SADC chairperson and Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama said Monday at the opening ceremony of the summit that the SADC region remains one of the most peaceful and stable on the continent. Enditem

Source: Xinhua