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Disseminate SADC report: CCJP



Motsamai Mokotjo

THE Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has called on the government to disseminate the SADC Commission of Inquiry around the country and implement its recommendations.

CCJP Executive Secretary, Booi Mohapi, told the Sunday Express this past week that the report, which was tabled earlier this month in the National Assembly by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, should be publicised across the length and breadth of the country.

The report was authored by a 10-member team of regional legal and security experts led by Botswana High Court judge, Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi. The SADC inquiry was established at the behest of Dr Mosisili after the fatal shooting of former Lesotho Defence Force commander, Maaparankoe Mahao on 25 June 2015.

It was held between 31 August and 23 October 2015, and also addressed the alleged mutiny within the army, alleged killings and kidnappings of opposition members and former LDF members as well as the appointments and removals of Lt-Gen Mahao and Lt-Gen Tlali Kamoli among other issues.

“The report belongs to SADC together with Lesotho. The expectation, therefore, is for its dissemination and for its recommendations to be implemented,” Mr Mohapi said.

“It needs to be available in the remotest areas of the country and even in libraries because of its importance to Basotho.”

He said as civil society, there were willing to assist the government in the implementation of the report.

“SADC endorsed the report and urged the government to implement the recommendations. So, we expect them to issue a roadmap towards their implementation,” said Mr Mohapo.

“As civil society, we are ready to help government in the implementation of the reforms if need be.”

He echoed a call made by the Transformation Resource Centre for SADC to open an office in the country to ensure the regional bloc has a presence on the ground and continues dialogue with stakeholders during the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

“Indeed, SADC should be present in Lesotho at this juncture. They should open an office in the country to assist us in implementing the recommendations of the report,” Mr Mohapo said.

“For us there are no special recommendations that should hold sway over others, we regard them all as important and carrying the same weight.

“However, in my view, constitutional reforms are long overdue. Whenever there is a crisis in the country, the need for reforms becomes all the more apparent.”

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