Se­cu­rity del­e­ga­tion vis­its SADC sec­re­tariat

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

A DEL­E­GA­TION of se­nior of­fi­cers from the min­istries of De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity, Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety, and Home Af­fairs vis­ited the SADC sec­re­tariat in Botswana on Thurs­day last week to up­date the re­gional bloc on gov­ern­ment’s progress in im­ple­ment­ing re­forms rec­om­mended by the Jus­tice Phumaphi-led Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Le­sotho’s se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

The del­e­ga­tion was led by De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS) Dr Mampho cants that the min­istry had no con­nec­tion with the con­sul­tancy and those who chose to en­gage in any deal­ings with it did so at their own risk.

“Ba­sotho who ap­ply for the Spe­cial Per­mit should know that the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs has noth­ing to do with these peo­ple and their ser­vices. They should not pay them any money. We will not take the blame for peo- Kotelo ‘Mo­laoa and met with SADC Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Dr Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax and Di­rec­tor of the Or­gan on Politics De­fence and Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion, Jorge Car­doso.

Dr Tax was in Le­sotho last week to en­gage the gov­ern­ment on progress made in im­ple­ment­ing the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

A state­ment on the SADC web­site in­di­cated the Le­sotho del­e­ga­tion “ex­changed notes with the sec­re­tariat on progress made in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SADC de­ci­sions, ple who lose their money to this con­sul­tancy,” Chief Sekonyela said.

“We have noth­ing and want noth­ing to do with these peo­ple and their com­pany. We want them to evac­u­ate the post of­fice premises where they are op­er­at­ing from with im­me­di­ate ef­fect be­cause they are mis­rep­re­sent­ing them­selves as part of us.”

He also said it was baf­fling that the con- specif­i­cally in re­la­tion to the on­go­ing con­sti­tu­tional, se­cu­rity and pub­lic sec­tor re­forms.”

The state­ment also says the del­e­ga­tion “reaf­firmed gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment in im­ple­ment­ing SADC de­ci­sions and the rec­om­men­da­tions”.

Dr Kotelo ‘Mo­laoa yes­ter­day said her del­e­ga­tion met with Dr Tax to “es­tab­lish rap­port” as they are rel­a­tively new to their of­fices.

She added: “Com­ing to is­sues per­tain­ing to the re­form process, we were reaf­firm­ing the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to­wards the process.

“There is progress and for in­stance, we are look­ing at laws and poli­cies that gov­ern the in­sti­tu­tions. We used to have the De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity port­fo­lio di­rectly an­swer­able to the Prime Min­is­ter and to­day that is not the case and things have to be re­viewed and there should be re-or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

She also noted the del­e­ga­tion went to Botswana to dis­cuss se­cu­rity, hu­man traf­fick­ing and anti-poach­ing is­sues.

Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi was com­mis­sion by SADC to lead a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Le­sotho’s se­cu­rity chal­lenges fol­low­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing of for­mer Le­sotho De­fence Force com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao on 25 June 2015. Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Ma­hao was killed by his col­leagues out­side his Mokema farm al­legedly while re­sist­ing ar­rest for sus­pected mutiny.

The SADC in­quiry made a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions af­ter the probe, among them se­cu­rity, pub­lic sec­tor and con­sti­tu­tional re­forms with the hope of re­solv­ing Le­sotho’s chal­lenges.

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