Zimbabwe to probe death of Lesotho's former army commander

Zimbabwe to probe death of Lesotho's former army commander
Published: 02 July 2015 (1006 Views)
LESOTHO's prime minister, Pakalitha Mosisili, will meet members of the South African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika on Friday.

This follows South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit this week to the troubled mountain kingdom after being dispatched there by President Jacob Zuma‚ the chairman of SADC's peace and security organ.

The SA Presidency said Mr Zuma had "become more concerned about the apparent explosive security situation" there following the "flight of the three opposition leaders and the killing of Maaparankoe Mahao‚ former commander of the Lesotho Defence Force".

Mr Ramaphosa reported on Wednesday that "Mosisili has requested that the SADC should assist with the investigation into the death of Lt-Gen Mahao‚ as well as to assist with the pathology examination around his death".

"South Africa will be sending pathologists to do the examination and other countries in the region, Zimbabwe and Namibia, will be sending investigators to investigate the circumstances around Lt-Gen Mahao's death."

Mr Ramaphosa said he also "took the opportunity to meet other stakeholders … parties in the opposition‚ we met the churches‚ we met the non-governmental organisations and also His Majesty King Letsie III".

"And no doubt everyone is very concerned about the passing of Lt-Gen Mahao … It is this that has prompted the leaders in the region to call a summit of the Double Troika‚" said Mr Ramaphosa.

"And I am sure that out of that discussion will come suggestions‚ proposals and solutions of how to take matters forward here in Lesotho."


- RDM News Wire

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