18 January 2016

Southern Africa: SADC Troika Recommends Suspension of Lesotho

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.

- Lesotho rejects Justice Phumaphi's report - sources

The Extra Ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit which met in Gaborone on Monday has recommended the suspension of Lesotho from the regional block activities until it sort out its political mess.

According to inside sources at the closed meeting which took more than five hours, the troika - which was chaired by President Ian Khama, the SADC Chairman - came after the Lesotho government refused to accept the Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi's report.

The meeting was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, the facilitator on the Lesotho Crisis, Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini and Zimbabwean Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

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