n Conflict Trends - Appraising the efficacy of SADC in resolving the 2014 Lesotho conflict : progress and prospects

Volume 2015, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since the events of 30 August 2014 in Lesotho, when a coup d'état was reported to have been attempted against the then-prime minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Thomas Motsoahae Thabane - which subsequently forced him to flee and seek refuge in South Africa - the Southern African Development Community (SADC), of which Lesotho is a founding member, has been occupied with efforts to manage and resolve the ensuing conflict in the mountain kingdom. Lesotho is a prominent conflict agenda item at SADC summits and extraordinary summits, having experienced political disturbances and internal conflicts before in 1974, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2007. Throughout the country's history of conflict, SADC has facilitated interventions in collaboration with neighbouring states - specifically South Africa and Botswana - in search of peace and political stability. However, it is disturbing that even after the February 2015 snap elections, there has not been a full restoration of peace and normalcy in Lesotho. The reported assassination of the former Lesotho Defence Forces (LDF)army chief, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, on 25 June 2015just outside Maseru, is a cause of concern and frustrates the efforts invested thus far in the peace process. This article presents an assessment of the efficacy of SADC's intervention to resolve the Lesotho crisis, progress made so far and prospects for restoring peace and political stability.

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