Ban condemns killing of former Lesotho military commander

29 June 2015 | Press Releases, Secretary-General message

New York, 26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the bereaved family and urges the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

Mr. Ban, in his statement, also reiterated the urgent need to move forward with institutional and security reforms as outlined in the Government’s Coalition Agreement for Stability and Reform and recommended by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“The Secretary-General reaffirms the continued commitment of the United Nations to support the efforts of the Government and the people of Lesotho to consolidate peace in the Kingdom,” said the UN chief.