South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has condemned the killing of Lesotho’s Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao. He was killed on the 26th of June just outside Maseru.
According to media reports, the suspended army general was gunned down last Thursday by men dressed in army uniform, making the assassination more suspicious.
Mohao is Lesotho’s former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force and was believed to have been a close ally to the former prime minister, Tom Thabane.
“This unfortunate and tragic incident threatens to undermine the Kingdom’s efforts towards the peaceful transition following the February 2015 elections”, said Zuma.
Zuma, SADC’s chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation dispatched a ministerial Organ Fact Finding Mission to Lesotho, from 26-29 June 2015 to assess the latest political and security developments in the country.
South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and SADC Facilitator on Lesotho was due to visit the country on Tuesday for urgent consultations with Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili on the recent developments in the country.
President Zuma is expected to send an envoy to Zimbabwe to express his concerns about the security situation in Lesotho with the chairperson of SADC, President Robert Mugabe.
Zuma has called on all stakeholders in Lesotho to resolve their political differences through legal and peaceful processes and further reiterated the pressing need to expedite the process of establishing institutional and security reforms.