Le­sotho to re­ceive se­cu­rity sup­port

Vuk'uzenzele - - Grenlaetriaonls - Nosihle Shelembe

The SADC Dou­ble Troika Summit of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment has ap­proved the de­ploy­ment of a con­tin­gent force com­pris­ing of mil­i­tary, se­cu­rity, in­tel­li­gence and civil­ian per­son­nel who are ex­pected to sup­port the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho.

The South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) Dou­ble Troika Summit of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment was held in Pre­to­ria to dis­cuss the po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity is­sues of Le­sotho. The summit was chaired by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as the Chair­per­son of re­gional bloc.

“In the in­terim, the summit ap­proved an ex­panded man­date and com­po­si­tion of a to­tal of 34 mem­bers of the over­sight com­mit­tee to in­clude mil­i­tary, se­cu­rity, in­tel­li­gence and civil­ians and ex­perts to be de­ployed to Le­sotho for a pe­riod of a month,” SADC Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Dr Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax said.

She said the summit di­rected the Chiefs of De­fence and Se­cu­rity to as­sess the re­quire­ments and de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate size of the con­tin­gent force and to pre­pare the modal­i­ties for the de­ploy­ment.

Dr Tax was ad­dress­ing del­e­gates at the summit con­vened af­ter the re­cent po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in Le­sotho. Among other things, the Com­man­der of the Le­sotho De­fence Force Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Khoan­tle Mot­so­motso was as­sas­si­nated on 5 Septem­ber re­port­edly by army of­fi­cers in his mil­i­tary head­quar­ters.

“[The] summit strongly con­demned the bru­tal as­sas­si­na­tion of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mot­so­motso and ex­pressed con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the late com­man­der, gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of the King­dom of Le­sotho,” she said.

Pres­i­dent Zuma ex­pressed con­cern at the killing of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mot­so­motso, say­ing that it sets a dan­ger­ous pat­tern.

“The tragic death of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Mot­so­motso should not be al­lowed to pass by un­no­ticed by our re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tion, es­pe­cially be­cause it hap­pens two years af­ter the killing of [Bri­gadier Ma­hao],” Pres­i­dent Zuma said, as the Chair­per­son of SADC.

Pres­i­dent Zuma called on all Ba­sotho, led by the gov­ern­ment and team­ing up with all na­tional stake­hold­ers, to work to­gether for peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the King­dom.

“As a re­gion, we are com­mit­ted to as­sist the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Le­sotho to im­ple­ment all SADC de­ci­sions in­clud­ing the re­quired con­sti­tu­tional, se­cu­rity sec­tor, par­lia­men­tary, pub­lic sec­tor and ju­di­cial re­forms."

The re­forms have to be owned and led by the Ba­sotho, with SADC pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and ad­vice.

He urged the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Le­sotho to work to­wards fi­nal­is­ing all the re­quired re­forms within a pe­riod of 18 months con­sis­tent with the ex­tended ten­ure of the SADC Over­sight Com­mit­tee.

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