Botswana judge to chair Lesotho commission of inquiry

President Ian Khama
President Ian Khama

A judge from Botswana will chair the Commission of Inquiry on the violence in Lesotho, following the recent assassination of General Maaparankwe Mahao.

The SADC Double Troika reached this decision at a summit held in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday, to establish an urgent independent Commission of Inquiry into the killing of Lesotho’s former army chief Mahao near Maseru 11 days ago. The SADC Double Troika is made up of Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi and Lesotho, all which sent representatives to the meeting. President Ian Khama was amongst the SADC leaders who attended the meeting and was tasked with naming the chair of the commission. According to a communiqué, the SADC facilitator to Lesotho, deputy president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa and the executive secretary of SADC Dr Lawrence Tax, were also in attendance.

 “The Summit decided, as a matter of urgency, to establish an independent Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Brigadier Mahao, and its deployment with immediate effect.

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