The Commission of Inquiry set up by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will leave no stone unturned and go to the depth of what has been happening in Lesotho that led to the death of its former army commander, SADC facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.


“So we are proceeding with great speed, with firmness, with determination to move forward, to make sure that the Commission of Inquiry executes its task,” Ramaphosa, also South African Deputy President, made the remarks following a visit to Lesotho.

The commission has disptached 13 members to Lesotho to investigate the death of former Lesotho army commander Maaparankoe Mahao who was murdered in late June. His death has plunged the kingdom into uncertainty.
The commision will find out what has been happening in Lesotho, which led to the death of Mahao, Ramaphosa said.

“So that is going to be all handled and I am sure the truth will come out,” Ramaphosa said.
After the investigation, the commission will make public its recommendation and “there after we will see what further action needs to be taken,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa visited Lesotho from Thursday to Saturday on a peace mission. He met with King Letsie III, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and members of his cabinet, as well as with leaders of the opposition parties.
The facilitator presented a report of the facilitation process in Lesotho, the final report, to the king.
Attached to the report was the recommendation that the SADC is making to Lesotho in relation to constitutional reforms as well as security reforms, according to Ramaphosa.

“These recommendations are recommendation which SADC recommended to the government of Lesotho to deal with, to find a way of handling them, because some of the problems that beset Lesotho have to do with constitutional matters as well as security reform matters,” Ramaphosa said.

As SADC facilitator, Ramaphosa has conducted a series of missions which contributed to the reopening of parliament, the holding of democratic elections and the inauguration of a democratic government in Lesotho.
The SADC has been pushing all stakeholders in the kingdom, including the government to urgently undertake constitutional and security sector reforms.

Lesotho was forced into an early election in late February following an attempted coup in August last year. Mosisili emerged as the winner in the elections. He fired Mahao after taking office and re-appointed Tlali Kamoli as army chief.

Kamoli had been fired by former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and was behind the attempted coup that forced the country into early elections.

Soon after Kamoli’s re-appointment, several soldiers, including body guards of Thabane, were arrested and tortured on allegations that they were conniving with Mahao and former police commissioner Khothatso Tsooana to overthrow the government.

Soon afterwards, Thabane and Basotho National Party leader Thesele Maseribane fled the country, claiming they were tipped about plots to kill them. Enditem


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