Lesotho. According to
Countryaah reports, a disagreement over the distribution of the
mandate following the 2007 parliamentary elections
persisted. The conflict concerned the spread of the third
mandate to be distributed under a proportionate system.
Botswana's former president Ketumile Masire, who was called
in to mediate, noted that he had failed to get the
government or opposition to budge an inch from his
While politicians tired, no solution seemed to be found
to Lesotho's difficult environmental and livelihood problems.
After three years without normal rainfall, up to 60 per cent
of the wells drilled in the lowlands are calculated and 30
per cent of all water sources in rural areas have dried out.
Sharp price increases on basic foods exacerbated the supply
crisis. Staple-fed corn flour was estimated to have
increased in price by 55 percent in one year, the price of
cooking oil had doubled and kerosene becoming 80 percent
more expensive at the same time.