The Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitation team, led by South Africa’s Justice Dikgang Moseneke, made an urgent trip to Maseru earlier this week in an effort to resolve the impasse after the opposition declared it was pulling out of the reforms ‘as the government was flouting the constitution’. Following an urgent meeting on Monday and Tuesday with the government and the opposition facilitated by Justice Moseneke, the parties came up with an agreement meant to pave the way forward towards the reform processes. The agreement reads:
Memorandum of understanding
WHEREAS all political parties and extra parliamentary stakeholders in the kingdom of Lesotho convened in a National Leaders Forum in Lesotho on 23 and 24 August 2018.
AND FURTHER WHEREAS the parties agreed to and signed the attached Declaration on Comprehensive Reforms (Annexure A) signing their commitment to a National Dialogue on a consensus basis on how to move forward on the reform process.
AND WHEREAS the parties agreed to the establishment of the National Dialogue Planning Committee (NDPC) and noting that the Opposition Parties in Parliament had as a result of a certain actions elected to temporarily withdraw from the process.
AND NOTING with gratitude the willingness of all parties to continue to participate in the process in a dead-lock breaking mechanism meeting held on 15 and 16 October 2018
AND WHEREAS the deadlock breaking meeting was convened by the Facilitation Team with the Chairperson of the Oversight Team and its delegation overseeing the process
AND WHEREAS the parties of the coalition Ruling Party and coalition opposition parties have participated in the honest and frank discourse.