DP Ramaphosa back from Lesotho

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to, Maseru Lesotho, where he held discussions over the implementation of recommendations for constitutional and security sector reforms in that country.

Deputy President Ramaphosa, who is also the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator, arrived in Maseru on Wednesday as part of preparations for the forthcoming SADC Double Troika meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Gaborone, Botswana.

The SADC Double Troika meeting, which will be attended by the leaders of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, has been convened to discuss the current political situation in Lesotho.

During his working visit to Lesotho, Deputy President Ramaphosa held consultative meetings with Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili and his coalition government partners, representatives of opposition political parties, College of Chiefs, Council of Churches of Lesotho and members of civil society.

The meetings, according to the Presidency, discussed the status of the implementation of recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry into the death of the late Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao as well as constitutional and security sector reforms.

The Deputy President is expected to report his findings to the SADC Double Troika meeting in Gaborone next week.

”We have come here as Facilitator for SADC. We have been briefed on the much awaited response of the Lesotho government on the Phumaphi (Commission) Report. We have been given a detailed briefing on all recommendations,” he said.

He said they will now go to the Double Troika Summit to report on the progress that has been made in relation to what the Phumaphi Commission recommended.

“We will table that report and I can say we have been very pleased with the fact that the government has come up with a response, which was tabled to both Houses of Parliament (in Lesotho). We are now going to deal with it at the SADC level and we will look at how government has taken steps to implement the recommendations.

”In that regard, it is quite clear that there is a determination on the part of the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho to deal with the Phumaphi Report with serious intent to make sure those recommendations are dealt with.

“The other things we will discuss once the Double Troika Summit has an opportunity to deal with all the matters that are covered in that report.”

SADC called for a special summit to discuss Lesotho’s seemingly endless instability.

The regional body had given Lesotho until last Friday to submit a progress report about how it had implemented recommendations of a commission of inquiry established by SADC to probe the instability in the tiny kingdom after the murder of Mahao in June last year.

Lesotho has been in turmoil since 2014 following an attempted coup, which resulted in Deputy President Ramaphosa being appointed as the facilitator tasked with brokering a settlement between the feuding parties.

Source: Government Communication and information System