18 January 2016

Lesotho: No Breakthrough On Lesotho, Yet

Photo: Photo by Michael J. Jordan
From left, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, regional mediator on Lesotho, with Lt. Gen. Tlali Kamoli, who was later appointed the country's military chief, and Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, who was fired to make way for Kamoli and was later assassinated.

Members of SADC Double Troika are locked in meeting to discuss the Phumaphi report on Lesotho crisis in Gaborone, Botswana.

Currently the Heads of states from Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Tanzania are still in a meeting with Lesotho delegates which was supposed to have ended at 0930 hours but has since been extended.

Sources have revealed that delegates from the Lesotho government are not comfortable with some recommendations from the report as well as from South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa who was SADC-appointed facilitator working on the political and security situation in Lesotho.

A judicial commission headed by Botswana's judge Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi also investigated the Lesotho instability and it is recommendations from this that are also being discussed.

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