Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has won accolades from the International Community for his impeccable leadership of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation, even as the Community ushers Lesotho into yet another parliamentary election, the third within five years, the Daily News reports.
Representatives from international organisations operating within SADC region, and Lesotho in particular, including the United Nations and European Union have commended SADC’s urgent call to the incoming government for serious structural and constitutional reforms.
During the recent launch of SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) in Lesotho,the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, reiterated SADC’s mandate to the current government to undertake reforms in order to stabilise its political system and avoid a repeat of previous political crises.
Stakeholders applauded the commitment of President Magufuli, to stabilise the political situation in Lesotho as well as within the SADC region.
Dr Mahiga said that the work of the SADC mission in the country was mandated by President Magufuli and that several groups have been working tirelessly since April 2017 in Lesotho. Based on their observation and preliminary work, SADC is still of the view that major reforms are needed in the country and not just national elections.
In his speech, Ambassador Mahiga reminded the audience that as the continent celebrates fifty plus years of the African Unity, it is mind-boggling for Lesotho to still be preoccupied with the basics of forming a stable government
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