Lesotho reform process going smoothly – Sisulu


The reform process in Lesotho is “progressing smoothly” according to International Relations and Co-operation minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Last November the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) ceased operations with the regional bloc’s executive secretary Stergomena Tax saying good progress was made in restoring peace, security and stability to the mountain kingdom.

Sisulu told a briefing in Pretoria this week SAPMIL, under the leadership of retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, addressed issues including constitutional reform, the security sector, legislative and public sector.

Numerous meetings were held with Basotho stakeholders and all are on board and have pledged full commitment to the reforms. A second multi-stakeholder national dialogue is scheduled for late February,” she said adding SADC had a deadline of May this year for constitutional and sector rector reforms to be concluded.

“We expect the deadline to be met.”

In November Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was quoted as saying “significant strides” were made since SAPMIL arrived in the country.

Seven of SADC’s 15 member states – Angola, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – contributed to the mission. At the outset it was listed as having 207 military personnel, 15 intelligence officers, 24 police officers and 12 civilian experts in its ranks.