South African envoys have briefed President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the developments in Lesotho where Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is under immense pressure to step down.
President Mnangagwa is chairman of the Organ on Politics and Defence of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which deals with regional security issues while South Africa is mediating in the Lesotho crisis on behalf of SADC.
Prime Minister Thabane is being asked to step down over many issues including alleged involvement in the murder of his estranged wife in 2017.
Speaking after the meeting, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo who also attended the briefing said:
His (PM Thabane) own party has given him four days so that he can then stand down and that will depend on the approval by the Senate of the Constitutional Amendment which is currently in the Senate…
Court processes remain but our understanding is that he is asking for liberty post his retirement. He is asking for security, he is asking for a situation whereby he is not subjected to the court processes. So far they are agreeing.
Moyo added that SADC was optimistic that the Lesotho crisis will be resolved peacefully.
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