Botswana re­sponds to Le­sotho’s cry for help

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“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.

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