Hurley Dialogue: Quo Vadis, Lesotho?
Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) hosted a Hurley Dialogue on Lesotho with the theme “Quo Vadis Lesotho?” meaning “where to Lesotho”?
The former Prime Minister, Dr. Thomas Thabane was the main speaker. He gave a critique of the situation in Lesotho and the reasons why he left Lesotho to seek refuge in South Africa. According to Dr. Thabane, the Church is a very important element because it can tell leaders how to behave. The Church has such a big role. Sometimes the Church gives way to leaders that they end up thinking that there are better than the rest. “Lesotho is truly a country in trouble and the Church needs to come our rescue, said Dr. Thabane.
Another main speaker, Mrs Mamphanya Mahao, the widow of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, talked about “where from, where we are and then where to? She defined the Lesotho situation as that of crime and lawlessness. That the Lesotho Defense Forces has always been at the centre of conflict in Lesotho. Mrs Mahao shared her struggles together with those of the women whose husbands have been detained and are languishing in the maximum prison in Maseru accused of mutiny.
Ms Makatleho Mohasi, a representative from Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) shared their view on the direction of Lesotho. She pointed out that democracy remains fragile as Lesotho is shifting from one political crisis to another. She touched on the importance of the Phumaphi Report and that it states there is evidence of political instability in Lesotho. There has been a collapse of talks between government and opposition.
The dialogue was attended by representatives from different Embassies, UN departments, human rights Organisations, Catholic Church clergy and groups, university lectures, COSATU, representatives from Lesotho and other African countries such as South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and DRC.