The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane has asked the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to send mediators to his country to restore order. This follows a coup over the past weekend.
The SADC defence and security representatives who included foreign ministers from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, met through the night with Thabane and his deputy, Mothetjoa Metsing, to try to find a peaceful solution.
Thabane asked the SADC states for military support.
“On top of the agenda was a need for intervention based on the state of affairs. We called on the SADC peace force to interfere,” said the Minister’s assistant, Samonyane Ntsekele.
Yesterday Thabane and Metsing met South African President Jacob Zuma, who chairs SADC’s defence and security body, with the regional group agreeing to send a facilitator to help resolve the crisis.
In Washington, the US State Department said in a statement it was “concerned by uncertainty over the political process and the state of public security” in Lesotho’s capital. It has ordered non-employed family members of US mission personnel out of the country.