Lesotho PM pledges to enact SADC reforms
THE Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) guidelines and reforms aimed at bringing peace and stability to Lesotho will be implemented at all costs, Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane says.
Mobbed by reporters at the end of the double troika summit of SADC heads of state and government in Pretoria late on Friday, Thabane initially refused to take questions, but when journalists persisted he said he had asked the SADC to assist his nation.
“It’s SADC, and I came to SADC because I knew that SADC is SADC.
“My confidence as a member of SADC is in the total leadership of SADC, [that] together they make the right decisions,” he said.
On implementing the SADC prescribed reforms, Thabane said: “I’m a reformist by nature.
“The way forward, we are going for reforms and peace in Lesotho.”
Earlier, it was announced at the Pretoria summit that the regional bloc was sending a contingent force, which would include military and intelligence components, to Lesotho.
The summit approved the deployment of a contingent force comprising military, security, intelligence and civilian experts to support the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax said at the end of the summit.
“It directed the chiefs of defence and security to assess the requirements to determine the appropriate size of the contingent force, and to prepare the modalities for the deployment.”
Tax said the summit “strongly condemned” the assassination of Lesotho Defence Force commander Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motsomotso earlier this month, which had prompted the SADC meeting to resolve to contain the degenerating situation in Maseru.
“The Right Honourable Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, prime minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, was also invited. The double troika summit was also attended by the SADC facilitator to Lesotho, Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa,” said Tax. – ANA