The visit came ahead of a forthcoming SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Mbabane, Swaziland on August 29-31 which is expected to review the political security situation in the region.

The SADC Double Troika Summit held in June 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, mandated Ramaphosa, among others, to facilitate the return of opposition political party leaders back to Lesotho from South Africa.

Opposition leaders fled to South Africa following an attempted coup in August 2014. The coup forced the kingdom to hold an early election in late February 2015. Phakalitha Mosisili emerged as the winner in the elections, becoming the prime minister.

During Friday’s working visit, Ramaphosa paid a courtesy call on King Letsie III and held discussions with Mosisili and his coalition leaders. Mosisili and his coalition partners briefed Ramaphosa on efforts to institute constitutional and security sector reforms, said Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesperson for Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa also met representatives of the opposition political parties, Christian Council of Lesotho, College of Chiefs and the family of the late Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, Mamoepa said.

The facilitator will table his report on consultations with various Lesotho’s stakeholders to the upcoming SADC Summit at the end of August, said Mamoepa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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