Lesotho’s former deputy PM & others’ treason case postponed to March

This was to give time to the Constitutional Court to decide whether Metsing can be charged despite a SADC agreement for temporary amnesty.

Lesotho’s former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing. Picture: United Nations Photo.

MASERU – The Lesotho High Court on Tuesday postponed the treason case of former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing and former army commander Tlali Kamoli to 5 March 2020.

This was to give time to the Constitutional Court to decide whether Metsing can be charged despite a Southern African Development Community (SADC) agreement for temporary amnesty.

Metsing, who had fled Lesotho in 2017, returned when the SADC agreement was signed, which stipulated that he and similarly placed persons would not be prosecuted.

Clause 10 of that agreement states that charges against political leaders should be suspended until Lesotho concluded constitutional reforms that were intended to put the country on a path to stability.

The Constitutional Court was hearing arguments on the agreement.

GOVT OF NATIONAL UNITY OR TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY?

At the same time, Metsing called for a government of national unity or a transitional authority to stabilise the Mountain Kingdom.

He said there was a bigger problem in Lesotho, the deterioration of respect for civilian authority.

“How can we come up with a mechanism to stabilise the country? We do need the budget but what is of the utmost importance now is that we have a prime minister who has been called before the court of law and people like myself [facing charges in court]. That is why I am calling for a government of national unity or a transitional authority to be established,” Metsing said.