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5 Sep 2014
12:33 pm

Methodist Church welcomes Lesotho progress

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa on Friday welcomed the calmness in Lesotho following an apparent coup attempt last week.

FILE PICTURE: Two armed policemen leave the Maseru Central Charge Office police station on August 30, 2014 in downtown Maseru. Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane claimed on August 30 he fled in fear of his life after soldiers seized power in a coup, despite the military denying it overthrew the tiny mountain kingdom's government. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Bishop Zipho Siwa said they were praying for a “blood-less” resolution in the conflict which resulted in the country’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane fleeing to South Africa. He returned home on Wednesday.

“May the parties unite through peaceful dialogue and work towards a solution that will re-establish harmony, the rule of law and good governance in the country,” said Siwa.

He called for the people of Lesotho to support Thabane as he and other officials worked towards finding a solution.

Siwa also applauded President Jacob Zuma for co-ordinating the dialogue which resulted in dispatching a Southern Africa Development Community observer team to Lesotho.

Zuma is the chairman of the SADC organ on politics, defence, and security co-operation.

Leaders of Lesotho have been at loggerheads since June when the prime minister suspended parliament to avoid a vote of no confidence.

On Saturday, the Lesotho army disarmed police in the capital Maseru, saying they had received information police were planning to supply arms to participants in a demonstration.

During the alleged coup attempt, the army also took over the television and radio stations, resulting in a complete broadcast blackout.

Siwa said they were praying for Lesotho.