South Africa’s Deputy President has completed another round of facilitating Lesotho’s security and constitutional logjam announcing that the mountain kingdom will go to the polls next February.
After an attempted coup at the end of August, Cyril Ramaphosa was mandated by the Southern African Development Community to find a way of ending the crisis.
During Cyril Ramaphosa’s third visit to Lesotho this week, soldiers and policemen, who have been at loggerheads since the putsch bid, exchanged gunfire in the capital Maseru.
Ramaphosa returned home yesterday (Thursday) and announced that Lesotho’s King Letsie III will set the exact date for the elections, which will be a year early.
The agreement brokered by Ramaphosa will see parliament reconvene on October 17 to pass a budget and set the scene for elections.
Thabane fled South Africa in early September after General Tlali Kamoli, whom he’d sacked as military commander, attempted a coup.
Kamoli raided the government armory and fled into the mountains with a few crack troops still loyal to him.
He’s indicated to facilitators that he will end his mutiny for the payment of two year’s salary and diplomatic posting.
Ramaphosa says police officers and military advisors from the Southern
African bloc will remain in the country until after the vote.