Pande represents RB in Lesotho

Members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Organ on Politics, Defense and Security, made up of the leaders of three SADC member states (troika), are currently in Lesotho where they paid a courtesy call on King Letsie III in the capital Maseru on Monday.

Leading the delegation is King Mswati III of Swaziland, who is accompanied by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande, standing in for his President Rupiah Banda.

After their audience in the Royal Palace in Maseru, the delegation paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

While in the country, the delegation will also hold consultations with several role players in the political institutions in the country like the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL).

A meeting with the opposition political parties and the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) is on the agenda before the troika meets all other stakeholders in the political dialogue.

The delegation will brief the media Monday evening before departure on Tuesday.

At the centre of their visit in the country, is the re-allocation of Proportional Representation (PR) seats in the National Assembly, following the 2007 general elections.

Some of the opposition parties feel that the PR seats in the National Assembly have not been properly allocated, while the government says the electoral law needs to be revised.

Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire quit his mediation efforts after several visits to the country failed to reach an amicable solution with all the concerned parties.

The CCL, under the chairmanship of retired Anglican Archbishop Phillip Mokuku also tried in vain to bring the two sides to the negotiating table.

This is the second time the troika has come to Lesotho to consult on the issue.

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