Botswana responds to Lesotho’s cry for help
“The commitment of M155 million and other national resources towards operationThe Botswana government has donated 60 alising the response plan is a commendable tonnes of food aid to Lesotho as part of efdevelopment.” forts to alleviate the food insecurity caused he added: “In restoring a life of dignity by the prevailing drought. to the approximately half-a-million Basotho
The food items, which include beef, cookwho find themselves susceptible to climate ing oil, samp, sorghum meal, maize meal, shocks and crises, kindly receive the goods milk and beans, were handed over to govI bring as Botswana’s modest contribution ernment on Tuesday by Botswana high to your efforts for vigorous and positive acCommissioner to Lesotho, Zenene Sinombe. tion towards assisting food-insecure house
In his remarks during the ceremony held holds.” in Maseru, Ambassador Sinombe said the On his part, Foreign Affairs and Intergesture was in response to Prime Minister national Relations Minister, Tlohang SePakalitha Mosisili’s declaration of a state of khamane, said the donation spoke volumes emergency last December and plea to develabout the relationship between the two opment partners and friends of Lesotho to countries. assist in drought-relief efforts. “This event marks the very first response
Lesotho is currently experiencing its to the appeal for humanitarian assistance worst drought in four decades as a result of by a sister country, and guess what? It had el Niño - a periodic climatic phenomenon to be Botswana!” Mr Sekhamane said. characterised by inadequate rain in some “In fact, this is not the first time that parts of the world and floods in others. Botswana has responded with vigour to our
“It is against this backdrop that the govcall for help due to the adverse effects of ernment of Botswana has sent me here to drought. deliver this food aid towardsards the protection “For For instance instance, last year, 12 trucks full of of livelihoods,” said Ambassadorassador Sinombe. food aid were di dispatched by the government
“As a member of SADC C (Southern Afriof Botswana to the Kingdom of Lesotho can Development Community), unity), Botswain respons response to our call for assistance. na recognises that access s to adequate It speaks volumes about the relafood is a fundamental requirement quirement for tionship t that exists between the two human well-being. We believe that countries and their people.” a healthy, well-fed nation ion is better The mi minister further said the food equipped to build for a better fuwould be distributed to vulnerable comture.” communities around the coun
he also lauded the governovern- try try. ment for committing M155 “I am reliably informed million towards the droughtought t that 464 000 people are currelief programme. rently at risk of food insecu
“I recognise the strongong rity countrywide, and that it political determination the he will require well over M500 right honourable primeme million to alleviate the chalminister and his cabinett lenge. This donation will go have displayed in mitia long way in augmenting gating the effects of the our efforts to cope with this drought,” Ambassador difficult situation,” said Mr Sinombe said. Sekhamane.
Foreign Affairs and international relations Minister Tlohang Sekhamane.