King gives nod to SADC recommendations

King gives nod to SADC recommendations

MASERU – KING Letsie III says all SADC commission recommendations and decisions will be fully implemented by his government.
The King made the comment while officially opening Lesotho’s 10th parliament last Friday.
He said he wished to see the government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane get to work without relying on SADC help to deal with issues.
The decision to fully implement the SADC recommendations is in sharp contrast with the position of the previous government led by Pakalitha Mosisili which had said would implement the recommendations selectively.

The administration had insisted the report’s recommendations were not binding, a position that had incensed civil society and the then opposition.
One of the major sticking points was a recommendation by SADC commission chairman, Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi, that those who had killed former Lesotho army boss, Maaparankoe Mahao, should be investigated and prosecuted.

Mahao was shot and killed by his former colleagues in the army on June 25, 2015 in an operation the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) said was an attempt to arrest him for alleged mutiny.
Mahao was accused of masterminding mutiny against the then army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, a charge the family has rejected.
The Mahao family this week said they are “gratified with the King’s soothing speech”.

Professor Nqosa Mahao, a brother to the late Mahao, told thepost on Tuesday that this shows that the current government is committed to the application of justice.
He however said the “taste of the pudding is in the eating, we will see what the government will do and how soon it will do that”.
Qamako Mahao, another brother to Maaparankoe told thepost on Tuesday they are happy that His Majesty had spoken of the need to implement the SADC recommendations in full.
He said since Maaparankoe was murdered, the family has longed for justice and nothing else.

“We are not interested in anybody else’s blood and therefore that differentiates us from other people, we want justice and nothing else,” Qamako said.
He said now that the government of Lesotho through the king had committed to implementing the SADC recommendations the family is confident that those who killed Maaparankoe will be arrested and taken to the courts of law where justice will be served.

Mahao said the suspects who killed his brother did not give Maaparankoe a chance to explain himself; they deprived him of his fundamental human right to live.
Mahao said they will only be happy if the culprits are dragged before the courts of law where justice will be served.
He said such a process will ensure that the real reasons behind his brother’s murder will be revealed.

Staff Reporter

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