Thabane in Zim SADC Summit
Published on August 15, 2014 · No Comments
Assumes Politics, Defence and Security Organ chair
MASERU – Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane is expected to assume the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security when he heads the Lesotho delegation to the SADC Summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The summit will be preceded by the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security meeting, in which Thabane will take the organ’s reins from Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the two-day summit that starts on Sunday.
Speaking to Public Eye press secretary in the prime minister’s office, Thabo Thakalekoala, said Thabane will leave for Zimbabwe tomorrow.
Thakalekoala said the annual summit will discuss the global economic situation, performance of the SADC economy, gender and development as well as HIV/AIDS related issues.
Despite calls from the opposition on the home front for Thabane to forfeit the organ’s chairmanship, Thakalekoala assured the nation Thabane will secure the responsibility to head the organ tomorrow.
He highlighted this meant Lesotho was going to lead all issues of defence, politics and security across the SADC region.
“This is a very high status in the SADC region and it’s going to put Lesotho under the spotlight both internationally and regionally.”
Thakalekoala condemned recent reports that Thabane’s failure to reopen parliament would cost Lesotho this position.
“I don’t care who is spreading this propaganda but he/she is driven by insanity,” he said.
The Agence de Presse Africaine (APA) Namibia has also shown, in its August 10 news article that “…during the Organ’s meeting on August 16, Pohamba would hand over the torch to Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.”
This follows a press statement of August 4, 2014, by the SADC that coalition partners in Lesotho were making considerable progress in ensuring that things ran smoothly in this country.
The statement shows the working visit by coalition partners from July 30 to 31, which was a follow-up to the discussions that President Pohamba held with the three Lesotho coalition government partners in Maseru on June 12 to 13, 2014, was a success.
“The coalition government partners informed President Pohamba that since their last meeting in Maseru, considerable progress has been made towards ensuring the smooth functioning of the coalition government, which constitutes a first in the history of the Kingdom of Lesotho,” the statement reads in part.
“The coalition government partners reaffirmed their commitment to move expeditiously to address any outstanding issues, with the aim to enable the coalition government to serve in the best interest of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho”.
President Pohamba expressed his deep appreciation, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to the coalition government partners for the leadership they have provided despite the current challenges. President Pohamba encouraged the coalition government partners to continue to work together in good faith, unity and harmony,” it further said.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe would also assume the rotating chairmanship of SADC from his Malawian counterpart, President Peter Mutharika.
The opposition Democratic Congress (DC), on the other hand, maintains Thabane should not be allowed to head this important SADC organ while he failed to adhere to democratic tenets, with parliament still prorogued.
In an interview with Public Eye on Wednesday, Democratic Congress secretary general, Ralechate ‘Mokose, said coalition partners have made a declaration to ensure peace and stability reign in this country.
“The declaration says the Lesotho Congress for Democracy should publicly rescind its alliance agreement with us, while the All Basotho Convention on its part opens parliament.”
He added by the August 14 or 15, they should have announced the process and date of opening parliament.
“To me this is a condition that will determine whether Lesotho qualifies for this chairmanship. I understand having met those conditions, it is then that Lesotho will be given the chairmanship.”
‘Mokose, however, said if the conditions are not met, he would be shocked to see a country that failed to stabilise its politics being given a responsibility of dealing with stabilities of other countries?
“That’s what I logically regard as a political fact.”
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