19 January 2016

Lesotho: Khama Takes Hard Stance Against Lesotho

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Friendlier times: Lesotho's Prime Minister, Pakalitha Mosisili, left, with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the regional facilitator of talks with Lesotho, in September 2014.

President Ian Khama is said to have shown his leadership mettle when he reprimanded Lesotho Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili during the SADC Double Troika Extra ordinary summit which was discussing the report on the Lesotho crisis.

Inside sources at the summit have revealed that President Khama was livid when Mosisili tried to snub the regional block reasoning that the issue about the report is before the courts. Mosisili, who was supposed to meet the six regional leaders at 1000 hours, only arrived at GICC in the afternoon from Lesotho after being persuaded by South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

At the time of his arrival the summit had been moved to another conference where the leaders were now making recommendations to the SADC Heads of State, said the source. Upon arrival Mosisili tried to enter the room where the leaders were and was immediately informed to go and wait in another room.

"At that time President Khama, who was chairing the meeting, wanted Mosisili not allowed to come in as he has earlier refused to meet them," The Patriot on Sunday learnt and it was only after the persuasion by South African President Jacob Zuma that it was agreed that he be allowed to come an hour later.

Khama, who is known for his straight talk, is said to have told Mosisili that he should not waste their time as he is the one who requested the commission and as such he must accept the report.

Some of the leaders who supported Khama on his hard stance on Mosisili is said to be Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who was representing President Robert Mugabe.

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