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RAMAPHOSA VISITS LESOTHO

By Staff Writers

Maseru, Nov 26 (The Night’s Watch) – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will be visiting Lesotho tomorrow at the invitation of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to attend the closing ceremony of the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary II, Ramaphosa’s office announced on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa is expected to engage with, among others, political parties and civil society groupings.

“President Ramaphosa will attend the closing ceremony of the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary II in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to Lesotho,” the presidency said.

Ramaphosa was appointed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator to Lesotho in September 2014 when he held the position of Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.

After assuming the position of President of the Republic in 2018, Ramaphosa appointed former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to lead the SADC Facilitation Team to Lesotho.

“The Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plenary II, from 25 to 27 November 2019, is a very important milestone in the reforms process of the Kingdom of Lesotho. This will mark the end of the phase of consultations and negotiations on the reforms that are required,” Ramaphosa’s office said.

It further indicated that Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue Plkenary II will also be the beginning of a new phase of the operationalization of reforms under the guidance of the newly established National Reforms Authority (NRA).

The reforms were recommended by a SADC-funded commission of inquiry that was established in 2015 to consider the core and contributing factors of the lingering political instability in Lesotho thoroughly.

A raft of constitutional, legislative, security and civil service reforms were recommended by the commission to prevent the country from sliding back to political instability and violence.

However, the progress in implementing the reforms has been slow and the country has already slipped into another political instability.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, the Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo, and the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

This visit to Lesotho is Ramaphosa’s second after he was elected president of South Africa in May this year.

He came to Lesotho in July on an official visit for bilateral discussions between the two neighboring countries. NW

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