Le­sotho PM pledges to en­act SADC re­forms

The Sunday Independent - - AFRICA -

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

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