Pohamba's visit to Lesotho a 'success': Nandi-Ndaitwah

14 Jun 2014 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba returned from Lesotho on Friday following a successful two-day official visit to that southern African Kingdom.
Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told Nampa immediately after they arrived here the Namibian Head of State had fruitful discussions with political and church leaders in that country.
Pohamba undertook the mission to Lesotho in his capacity as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
Speaking on behalf of Pohamba, Nandi-Ndaitwah said during his visit, the president paid a courtesy call on, among others, King Letsie III, Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, church leaders and members of the coalition political parties.
“His visit was successful, because all those leaders have agreed to cooperate and have a national dialogue with each other to make sure that peace and stability are maintained in the country,” she said.
On 26 May this year, Lesotho witnessed the country’s fifth general election for its 120-member National Assembly since a return to electoral democracy in 1993, which mostly contributed to political instability.
The country, widely branded a constitutional monarchy, operates as a parliamentary democracy with a dualistic governance system, where the King is the Head of State by virtue of his hereditary traditional status, and the Prime Minister, appointed by the King from a party with the majority seats in parliament, heading the government.
Former Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, leader of Lesotho's ruling Congress Party (CP), agreed on 30 May to step down from that position after 14 years in power, despite his party having won the most seats in parliamentary elections five days earlier.
A group of opposition parties, led by Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC), has since formed the kingdom's first coalition government.
The Kingdom of Lesotho will take over the chairmanship of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation during the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in Zimbabwe in August this year.