… until after SADC summit in Namibia
MASERU – The National Leaders Forum which was scheduled to take place on Thursday has been postponed to August 23.
This was revealed at a press conference in Maseru by Justice Dikgang Moseneke, the new facilitator for Lesotho appointed by Southern African Development Community (SADC) to facilitate in the efforts towards resolving Lesotho’s political problems.
The national leaders forum will therefore take place after the SADC’s 38th Ordinary Summit of heads of states and governments to take place on August 17 and 18 in Windhoek, Namibia, where Lesotho is expected to report back on developments towards reforms.
The theme of this year’s summit is “promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development”.
When addressing the media in Maseru in the company of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, his coalition partners and some cabinet ministers, Justice Moseneke said all discussions held with parties involved, from the Prime Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers amongst others, were fruitful.
He said: “I am certain that all stakeholders including opposition parties have narrowed down their differences significantly. This paves way to the success of the forum. Wonderful and positive energy from parties, I have seen.”
Justice Moseneke may lead the anticipated national leaders’ forum.
Following the political disturbances in Lesotho since the country’s independence in 1966, the kingdom has always been involved in political fights, a series of military coups and political killings. This has prompted SADC, which always came up with a knee jerk interventions during turmoil, to recommend mainly constitutional reforms in Lesotho to provide for a lasting solution to its political instability.
The SADC Double Troika summit comprising six Heads of State and Government gave Lesotho an ultimatum to implement recommendations which included, among others, developing and presenting a comprehensive roadmap with clear time frames on the implementation of all SADC decisions and submitting a report with tangible progress to the 2016 August Summit.
However, this was not to be. Instead, the country went further into political instability that saw another change of government in June 2017. Currently SADC is working on resolving the political impasse in Lesotho.