Thabane briefs Ramaphosa

Thabane briefs Ramaphosa

MASERU – PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane yesterday briefed SADC envoy and South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on how Lesotho will implement the Phumaphi Commission recommendations. Ramaphosa was in Lesotho yesterday on a follow-up visit to hear how far Thabane is with plans to hold national dialogue on security, judiciary, parliamentary, public sector and media reforms as SADC recommended.

Addressing a joint press conference yesterday, Ramaphosa said Thabane had briefed him about how he is working to implement in full the SADC recommendations.
The Ramaphosa visit came three weeks after King Letsie III, in his official speech to open parliament said his government will fully implement the SADC recommendations.
Ramaphosa said he was keen to find out how Lesotho will implement the SADC recommendations.

He said the implementation of the SADC decisions will be done by Basotho according to their way of doing things. “It will be led by Basotho, it will be organic but all will go with the assistance of the organ whenever it is needed, and I will inform SADC leaders about this report which includes a roadmap to implement the Phumaphi recommendations to enable Lesotho to climb a ladder to a stable economy,” Ramaphosa said.

SADC sent a Botswana judge Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi to probe the death of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Maaparankoe Mahao in 2015 after he was killed by soldiers in what was described as an attempt to arrest him. The army accused Mahao of plotting to mutiny against Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli whom he had replaced.
Kamoli refused to vacate office forcing the then Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee into exile in South Africa.

After Mahao was killed the army refused to cooperate with the police in the investigation of his death. Justice Phumaphi recommended that the police should be empowered and be provided with enough resources so that they could investigate the killing. He also recommended that all soldiers who committed crimes should be investigated and prosecuted.

Staff Reporter

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