The inauguration of Lesotho’s new Prime Minister Tom Thabane will go ahead despite the shooting and killing of his wife Lipolelo Thabane in yesterday’s attack in Maseru, the capital city.
And President Lungu has arrived in Maseru, Lesotho for tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony of that country’s new Prime Minister Tom Thabane.
President Lungu who is accompanied by his Political Advisor Kaizer Zulu and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Christopher Mvunga arrived at Moshoeshoe International Airport at about 17:05 hours.
ZANIS reports that the Zambian Head of State was received at the Airport by Lesotho’s Chief of State Protocol Ambassador Humphrey Leteka, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba and other senior government officials.
The Lesotho Defence Force mounted a guard of honour at the airport for President Lungu who will be among regional leaders to attend the inauguration which will be held at the National Stadium within the city.
And Lesotho’s Chief of State Protocol Ambassador Humphrey Leteka said his country is honoured to have President Lungu attend the inauguration of their Prime Minister.
Ambassador Leteka said other leaders from neighbouring countries including diplomats accredited to Lesotho are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony.
He said the people of Lesotho are excited ahead of the inauguration as their leader of choice will be ushered into office and form government.
“First and foremost let me say that we have been honoured as a country by the presence of the President of Zambia, His Excellency President Lungu. I can confirm that so far he is one of the substantive President who has confirmed and arrived for the inauguration of our Prime Minister. Other than that we have the Deputy President of South Africa who will represent the President of South Africa Mr. Zuma and the Prime Minister of Swaziland who will represent his majesty King Mswati,”said Ambassador Leketa.
But when asked whether the ceremony would not be affected by the killing of the Prime Minister’s Wife who was shot dead last evening, Ambassador Leteka refused to comment saying the government spokesperson will issue a statement.
The estranged wife of Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane was one of two women shot in what seems like a random shooting in Maseru city last evening.
Ambassador Leteka said the inauguration will be held as scheduled saying the former Prime Minister will be present at the national stadium to hand over the national flag at the public ceremony.
He said the King will be present at the ceremony and is expected to inspect the guard of honour and witness the spectacular exchange of the instruments of power to be followed by a reception at state house for the invited guests.
Ambassador Leteka said the inauguration is a short but symbolic ceremony which people of Lesotho are looking forward to tomorrow.
The city of Maseru which is the country’s capital and the largest city in Lesotho is calm and business seems to be going on as usual despite the killing of the first lady.