Lesotho Crisis: A peace agreement?


Deputy President and Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator in the Lesotho crisis, Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to make a major announcement on the political and security impasse in the Mountain Kingdom this afternoon, his office said.

“Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to make a major announcement on his facilitation efforts in Lesotho during a press conference on Thursday, 2 October 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho,” his spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

The media briefing, which is scheduled for 2pm, is expected to be attended by leaders of political parties in Lesotho as well as SADC Deputy Executive Secretary Themba Mhlongo.

Ramaphosa arrived in Lesotho on Tuesday to help create dialogue among all of Lesotho's political role players.

Lesotho has been in turmoil since an attempted coup on August 30 which forced Prime Minister Tom Thabane to flee to South Africa.

Ramaphosa's latest mediation efforts were nearly derailed by exchange of gunfire between the army and the police, and the evacuation of government secretary, Moahloli Mphaka, from his home outside Maseru on Tuesday night, according to media reports.

Photo caption: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a courtesy call on King Letsie III ahead of the facilitation talks held at SADC House in Maseru. Source: GCIS