RAMAPHOSA MAKES WORKING VISIT TO LESOTHO AHEAD OF JUNE 3 ELECTIONS IN MOUNTAIN KINGDOM

PRETORIA, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to pay a working visit to Maseru on Tuesday, ahead of the general election scheduled for 3 June in the Mountain Kingdom under his mandate as the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to consolidate peace and stability in the country.

During the visit, Ramaphosa will be working with members of the SADC Oversight Committee to conduct a multi-stakeholder national dialogue before the elections of 3 June with the aim of building consensus and trust among all stakeholders and charting the way forward for the implementation of SADC decisions, the Presidency said in a statement here Monday.

Ramaphosa will meet King Letsie III, Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili, officials of the Independent Electoral Commission, opposition political party leaders, the Christian Council of Lesotho, the College of Chiefs and the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector.

The SADC has called on all relevant stakeholders in Lesotho to address the fundamental challenges facing the country and to work towards the creation of political stability of the country.

It similarly mandated the Facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa, to closely monitor the political and security situation in the country during the elections.

Lesotho, a landlocked nation completely surrounded by South Africa, plunged into crisis following the 2014 failed coup attempt by an army general.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK