“SADC Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit the Kingdom of Lesotho on Wednesday and Thursday 5-6 November 2014 as part of consolidating peace and Stability in the country”. So announced a press release by the South Africa High Commission to Lesotho today.
Ramaphosa comes back following the signing of the Maseru Security Accord by the two Lt. Generals of the Lesotho Defence Force, Tlali Kamoli and Maaparankoe Mahao and the Lesotho Mounted Commissioner of Police Service Khothatso Ts’oana on the 23rd October, 2014.
The Accord, among others, sends the three signatories to a specified leave of absence that; “shall commence on, or before the expiry of 21, days from the signing of this Maseru Security Accord”.
Twenty days have not expired yet and since the signing of the Accord only Ts’oana has on Friday 31st October, 2014 handed over duties to his Deputy Masupha Masupha and did not disclose as to when he was expected to report back to work.
Meanwhile, local media reported that the deputy to LDF commander, Major General Khoantle Motsomotso refused a letter of his appointment to take over in the absence of leave of the commander.
Defence and security issues seems to be on top of the Lesotho agenda as, according to the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Thabo Thakalekoala, the Prime Minister Tom Thabane has cancelled his participation at the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries which started in Austria Vienna today.