PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu will attend the inauguration of Lesotho’s Prime Minister Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane on Friday, the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria has confirmed.
High Commissioner Emmanuel Mwamba, who is also accredited to Lesotho and Madagascar, confirmed through a statement issued by first secretary for press at the mission Naomi Nyawali that President Lungu would be accompanied by foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba and other government officials.
“…The ceremony follows a snap successful election which was declared as credible, free and fair by several Observer Missions.
Among the observers was Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda who was leading observers from Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy (EISA), former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano leading observers from the African Union (AU). Other observer mission leaders were Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Augustin Mahiga (Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba (Commonwealth Observer Mission).
After the elections that were held on June 3, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared the All Basotho Convention party (ABC) led by Dr Thabane, who has served as Prime Minister before, to have won the majority seats totalling 48 out of the 120 seats in the National Assembly.
However, to form government, a party requires a minimum of 61 majority seats.
Dr Thabane has since marshaled a coalition of parties comprising three other parties securing a total of 63 seats in the National Assembly.