Under fire Lesotho PM in Kenya to meet Uhuru

Lesotho Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane is in Nairobi for a short visit.

Statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena said President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive PM Thabane at State House on Monday for a brief ceremony.

“The two leaders will then proceed for a tête-à-tête before leading bilateral talks with their respective delegations,” she said.

In a statement to newsrooms, Dena said Uhuru and Thabane will address a joint press briefing.

Dena did not, however, give details of the bilateral areas the two leaders will discuss.

In April 2017, a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing met Deputy President William Ruto in his Karen office, Nairobi, said Lesotho has started the process of making its own constitution after witnessing political instability in the recent past.

Metsing said Lesotho was keen on learning from Kenyan’s constitution-making process as they were in the process of making their own constitution after witnessing political instability in the recent past.

Ruto said Kenya was ready and willing to provide technical advice to Lesotho that can enable them have a constitution that can facilitate peace and stability.

“We are ready as a country to provide technical support to Lesotho so that it comes up with a constitution that ensures stability,” Ruto said.

Thabane is facing an onslaught back home from opposition Democratic Congress leader Mathibeli Mokhothu who wants to topple him over misgovernance claims.

Mokhothu said the misgovernance was so bad that some “fed up” senior officials in Dr Thabane’s own All Basotho Convention (ABC) had gone to the extent of filing a no-confidence motion against him in parliament. Lesotho time reported.

Mokhothu has said they would still push for Thabane’s ouster regardless of how long the process took.

He said they would first push for a constitutional amendment to allow parliament to immediately elect a new prime minister upon a successful no-confidence vote. In terms of existing laws, a premier who loses a no-confidence vote has the choice of either resigning or advising the king to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections.

Thabane has in the past blamed the army for the country’s chronic political instability.

In January 2015, Lesotho Public Service Minister Motloheloa Phooko was in Kenya and met President Kenyatta.

Phooko was in Kenya to learn about service delivery and Uhuru said Kenya will support Lesotho to reform its public service.

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