South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a successful mission as the Facilitator appointed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for Lesotho when he was on hand in Maseru to welcome back to the kingdom three former exiled opposition political party leaders.

The three leaders — former Lesotho Prime Minister and leader of the All-Basotho Convention Dr. Tom Thabane, former Minister Theselle Maseribane and Keketso Rantsho, leader of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho — were welcomed home at a function held at the Avani Lesotho hotel here.

“Their return to Lesotho is a culmination of efforts and decision of the SADC Double Troika summit of Heads of State and Government held in Gaborone, Botswana, in 2016, which mandated the Facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, to facilitate the return of the three leaders back home,” according to a statement issued by the South African Presidency in Pretoria.

In Maseru, Ramaphosa held discussions with family members of the late Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao and later held bilateral discussions with Thabane before addressing a media briefing to welcome the three leaders back home.

His visit to the Mountain Kingdom Sunday followed a working visit to Lesotho on Friday to assess progress regarding constitutional and security sector reforms and the implementation of recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry.

Ramaphosa also paid a courtesy call on King Letsie III, Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili, officials from the government coalition partners, leaders of the church and non-governmental organizations as well as representatives of the College of Chiefs.

The SADC, the Presidency said, remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure the stabilisation of the political and security situation in Lesotho and has committed itself to seconding experts to assist the country as it embarks on constitutional and security sector reforms.


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