Lesotho opposition parties 'pull out of SADC recommended reform process' – report

2018-09-26 20:27
Lesotho (File: iStock)

Lesotho (File: iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lesotho’s opposition parties have reportedly pulled out from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) recommended reform process, demanding that the government sets aside the suspension of the country's chief justice.

According to the Lesotho Times, Chief justice Nthomeng Majara was suspended two weeks ago by Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s government after she was accused of inciting violence and threatening peace and stability in Lesotho.

Majara's suspension attracted international condemnation from judges, and rights groups, reported the SABC.  

The government, however, said it stood by its decision. 

The reforms were intended to lead to the amendment of the constitution and eventual stability, following years of political and security upheaval.

Lesotho plunged into a political crisis following a failed coup attempt in 2014, prompting regional intervention. 

In March last year, the mountain kingdom again faced a fresh crisis after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on ex- prime minister Pakalithi Mosisili, said an AFP report. 

This consequently paved way for a fresh vote that saw Thabane winning 48 out of 120 parliamentary seats 2 months later. 

The SADC mediation facilitation team which was led by former deputy chief justice, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, was optimistic last month when all parties agreed to participate in the discussion, but it now seemed the process would be derailed, said SABC.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    dikgang moseneke  |  tom thabane  |  lesotho  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.