Family of former Lesotho general request delay in demonstrations

Maaparankoe Mahao’s family asked for delay in planned mass protest to prepare for his funeral.

FILE: A mass protest was planned in the Mountain Kingdom for tomorrow and a two-day stay away on Monday and Tuesday. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the slain former Lesotho Army Commander has asked for demonstrations to be delayed until after his funeral next Saturday.

A mass protest was planned in the Mountain Kingdom for tomorrow and a two-day stay away on Monday and Tuesday.

Maaparankoe Mahao can't be buried until after a post-mortem is performed by pathologists sent from South Africa.

The family has set a funeral date of 11 July and asked for a stay of demonstrations so they can prepare for this.

A summit of leaders from Lesotho neighbours last night granted the Mahao family's request for an independent inquiry into his slaying by soldiers early this week.

The meeting set up a special early warning panel to check for signs of instability in lesotho and step in where necessary.

The government of Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili's charged with urgently implementing constitutional and security reforms.