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Africa: U.S. Department of State To Host Commemoration for the 20th Anniversary of the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 3, 2018

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy, and other senior State Department officials will gather with survivors and families of the victims in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at the Department of State.

The ceremony is open to the press. Pre-set time for cameras is 7:00 a.m. from the C Street Lobby entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 7:30 a.m. from the C Street Lobby entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist.

Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

For further information, please contact the Bureau of African Affairs at AF-Press@state.gov.

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Africa: Zimbabwe’s Elections

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Lesotho:Brace for Fresh Elections-Mosisili

By 'Marafaele Mohloboli

FORMER Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has told his Democratic Congress (DC) party supporters to prepare for fresh elections, saying this time they must vote in large numbers to reverse the party's defeat in last year's polls.

Dr Mosisili said this while addressing thousands of DC supporters at a Sunday rally at Pitso House in the Butha-Buthe district on Sunday.

Dr Mosisili was at the helm of the seven party coalition whose term of office prematurely ended after it lost the 3 June 2017 snap polls that were held after he and his government lost a parliamentary motion of no confidence on 1 March 2017. Dr Mosisili's administration had only been in charge for two years and its tenure had been scheduled to end in 2020.

Lesotho has experienced perennial political instability which has seen three governments in the space of five years from 2012 to 2017.

And on Sunday, Dr Mosisili alluded to a continuation of the instability, telling his supporters to go back to their constituencies to start mobilising for imminent polls.

"Go to your respective constituencies and start recruiting masses into the fold and build unity amongst yourselves," Dr Mosisili said, adding, "I smell elections".

"We all know that losing in the elections was not easy for us such that some of you even considered defecting to rival parties. We wouldn't be in this situation (of being in the opposition) today had it not been for some of you who failed to heed to our plea to vote for the congress parties."

Dr Mosisili did not say why he believed the elections would be held soon.

However, the DC deputy leader, Mathibeli Mokhothu, yesterday told the Lesotho Times that they believed that elections were imminent because there was infighting within the governing parties and this was happening at time when the government was battling to control widespread restlessness in the populace over poor service delivery and a poor economy.

"With the dissatisfaction across all sectors of the populace on issues of service delivery, the disintegration within the parties that comprise the coalition, speaks volumes that they are not stable and this says that they are falling apart.

"Besides that, the infighting within the parties is a clear indication that durability of this government is a far-fetched idea. There are clear signs the government is headed for a collapse," Mr Mokhothu said.

Dr Mosisili accused the Thomas Thabane administration of misrule in the one year that it has been in power.

He said although Dr Thabane had accused the previous regime of corruption, his (Dr Thabane's government) was actually "worse (in terms of corruption)".

"They are even politicising the public service hence the appointment of Pheello Ralenkoane as the Director of the National Security Service despite his political affiliation.

"He (Ralenkoane) is a known politician who even contested the elections under the Basotho National Party (BNP) flag. And this is not just him (Ralenkoane) but also some principal secretaries. They appointed all these politicians and yet they have the audacity to expel officers hired by the NSS just because they we said to be in the opposition."

Dr Mosisili also accused the government of corruption in the award of tenders for the catering for His Majesty King Letsie III's 55th birthday celebrations last month.

He said the cost of feeding each of the 200 guests at M2 070 per person was a clear sign of corruptly inflated costs which could not be justified "anywhere on earth".

"This again says we should accept that bad voting brings us bitter fruits. This government is as corrupt as they once accused us. This is why we even have the BNP leader (Thesele Maseribane) being accused of corruption for helping a British tycoon to secure him a mining licence," Dr Mosisili said. This was in reference to the recent controversy where Chief Maseribane stands accused of receiving payments to help facilitate the award of a diamond mining licence to British businessman, Aaron Banks during the first government of Dr Thabane from 2012 to 2015.

Dr Mosisili further accused the government of unwarranted attacks on the judiciary and interfering with its independence instead of protecting it.

This was in reference to the ongoing efforts by Dr Thabane to have Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara impeached for alleged misconduct.

The misconduct charges include Justice Majara's alleged failure to ensure the timeous delivery of justice as well as her controversial M27 000 per month housing deal which is way above the authorised limit of M4000.

"The sole mandate of the executive is to protect the judiciary and make ensure that it discharges its duties without fear or favour. This is the first government where a whole Prime Minister and minister attack the Chief Justice.

"We worked harmoniously with her (Justice Majara). Right now she is vulnerable and doesn't know what to do. She is now being attacked but she is also appointing judges to protect herself. Your bad choice in the last elections has brought us bad governance. Bad governments make bad decisions like the attacks on the judiciary."

Dr Mosisili also accused the premier of failing to rein on his wife after she was involved in a physical altercation with a Ha Tšolo (Maseru) woman at Maseru Private Hospital a fortnight ago.

"The least that this old man (Dr Thabane) could have done would have been to rebuke her but he just kept mum and this shows us that he is afraid of this kid (First Lady 'Maesaiah Thabane).

Dr Mosisili also questioned the logic behind the new wool and mohair regulations which state that no one will be allowed to trade in wool and mohair without a licence from the Ministry of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing.

The regulations further state that "the holder of an export license shall not export wool and mohair unless it is prepared, brokered, traded and auctioned in Lesotho".

Dr Mosisili said local framers should be allowed to freely sell their wool and mohair to whoever they wanted to sell it to.

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Lesotho:Another Diamond Recovery At Mothae

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Lesotho:Thabane, Mosisili Meet Over Reforms

Photo: Lesotho Times

Exiled All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas Thabane has met twice with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in South Africa to discuss his return to Lesotho.

By 'Marafaele Mohloboli

PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane yesterday held a closed meeting with his predecessor, Pakalitha Mosisili to discuss the implementation of the multi-sector reforms.

Dr Mosisili who is the leader of the opposition Democratic Congress (DC) met Dr Thabane as a representative of all opposition parties.

DC spokesperson Serialong Qoo last night told the Lesotho Times that the meeting was held after Dr Thabane extended an invitation to all opposition parties to discuss the reforms process. Mr Qoo said it was agreed that as former premier and head of the largest opposition party, Dr Mosisili should represent all the opposition parties in the meeting.

"The Prime Minister extended an invitation to all opposition parties, giving them 15 minutes each to meet with him. But we felt that nothing would be achieved in that short space of time and we therefore decided that we should give the time allocated to all parties to Ntate Mosisili so that he represents us," Mr Qoo said.

He however, would not say what was discussed in the meeting.

The press attaché in the Prime Minister's Office, Thabo Thakalekoala, also refused to give details of the meeting.

"The meeting was a closed one between the two leaders and details of what they discussed in the meeting is not yet in the public domain," Mr Thakalekoala said.

SADC gave Lesotho until May 2019 to have fully implemented constitutional and security sector reforms.

However, the reforms process has stalled largely as a result of the constant bickering between the government and the opposition over the latter's demands for the establishment of a government of national unity and an end to the prosecutions of army officers suspected of human rights violations among other things.

So far the only tangible developments with regards to the reforms process have been Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's speech in parliament to formally launch the reforms and the holding of the National Day of Prayer for the reforms early last month.

A government roadmap that was presented to the SADC heads of state in Angola in April this year indicated that the National Leaders' Forum and the National Dialogue Planning Committee (NDPC) would have been convened and launched three months ago.

Foreign Affairs and International Relations minister Lesego Makgothi recently told this publication that the National Leaders' Forum will get underway on 16 August this year.

He said this would be preceded by a "pre-national leaders' forum" which would be held on 1 and 2 August to work on the modalities for the National Leaders' Forum.

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