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Ramaphosa tasked to normalise Lesotho’s political impasse

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

More headaches for Ramaphosa as he search for solutions in the southern Africa's trouble country. PHOTOS: africanpolicy/thesouthafrica

This follows an attempted coup by Tlali Kamoli, army chief Lieutenant General and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.

(READ MORE: Lesotho PM returns home after a coup that never was)

President Jacob Zuma says the sub-region was determined to ensuring peace and stability returns to one of the few remaining kingdoms in the continent.

“We would want to see Lesotho getting back to normalcy as quickly as possible, this is the wish of all of us including the leadership of Lesotho,” said Zuma after the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika Summit.

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South Africa’s minister of international relations, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says the facilitation team to be led by Ramaphosa will have to find a common ground among haggling parties in the landlocked country.

“The facilitation team is going to have a very hectic programme with main focus being engaging with all of Lesotho’s leadership and work towards resolving political leadership challenge,” added Nkoana-Mashabane.

(READ MORE: S.Africa’s Zuma leads talks on Lesotho political crisis)

She added that political instability contributed to increasing security concerns that saw the country’s Prime Minister, Tom Thabane momentarily seeking refuge in South Africa.

Lesotho is currently being governed by a coalition regime after the 2013 plebiscite failed to produce an outright winner.

Mashabane says the country’s political leadership should go back to the electorate to seek a new mandate. She says the country needs assistance to organise a new round of polls.

Meanwhile SADC has maintained that the regional body will not be deploying soldiers to the southern African country. 

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