SADC FROWNS UPON POLITICAL KILLINGS KING
BY SIMON SHABANGU
His Majesty King Mswati III has said of the Southern Afri c a n Development Community ( S ADC) member states frown upon political killings among the people.
His Majesty made the remarks when reporting to the nation about his one-day working trip in South Afri c a where he a t t e nded t he SADC Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government convened by the organisation’s Chairman President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Friday.
His Majesty left the country on Friday morning and returned in the evening and he was accompanied by Inkhosikati LaNtentesa.
His Majesty said Troika members are concerned about the emerging trend of political killings stating that there was need for dialogue and tolerance in the event people differ in opinion.
His Majesty s aid t he Double Troika Summit was a result of the recent political and security developments in t he Kingdom of Les ot ho where, a mong ot her t hings, t he Commander of t he Les ot ho Defence Force, Li e ut e nant- General Khoantle Motsomotso was assassinated.
His Majesty said the region is concerned about the situation in Lesotho saying SADC leaders have since approved the deployment of troupes to go on a fact finding and peace keeping mission in Lesotho.
His Majesty said the deployment of a contingent force, which will include military and intelligence forces was approved by the heads of s t at e to a dd on t he e xi s t i ng s t r uctures al r e ady working on finding a solution to the situation in that country.
His Majesty expressed concern wit h s uch e l e ments e s peci a l l y when killings are perpetrated by the same people who are expected to maintain peace and order.
The King said this was a worrisome situation, noting that people who are entrusted with keeping peace and security must not be found to be the ones perpetrating violence.
His Majesty said the contingent to be deployed is entrusted with finding a lasting solution to the problems which have been going on for some time in Lesotho. The King said although Lesotho is not par t a member of t he Troi ka Organ, they were allowed to be part of the meeting to deliberate on the situation because they are the ones affected. He said they were comfortable about the resolution by the meeting and hoped that a solution would be found.
Asked by Channel Swazi boss Qhawe Mamba if it was not time t hat Afri c a n states, e s peci a l l y Lesotho which is a Kingdom to return back the power to the King, His Majesty said the issue at hand right now was the current situation playing it self out.
“When the current situation is dealt with maybe the people of Lesotho may want to revist their Constit ut i on a nd deci de on whether it is time such action was taken or continue with the current status quo,” His Majesty said.
Meanwhile the Troika Summit resolved that
Contingency forces comprising military security, intelligence and civilian experts support the government of Lesotho in the following:
Strengthening peace and security, implementing security sector reforms and implementing recommendations of the SADC commis- sion of enquiry;
Monitor and ensure that the rule of law is complied with in the pr oces s of i mplementing t he Enquiry recommendations
Identify immediate areas of priority that are to be implemented urgently, including the specific amendments in the constitution, and amendments of the LDF and LMPS Acts with a view to ensuring separation of powers between the army and police;
To support Lesotho in undertaking retraining of its personally, e s peci a l l y in t he area of Civi l Military Relations (CIMIC);
Monitor and assist where necessary, in the investigation of the a s s a s s i nat i on of Lt d Gen Motsomotso and other all eged killings in Lesotho;
To lend assistance in the implementation of Constit ut i onal , Public and Security Sector reforms and monitor implementation of SADC Decisions.
The Troika further directed the chiefs of defence and security to assess the requirements, determine the appropriate size of the conting e nt f or c e a nd to pr e par e t he modalities for the deployment by 22nd September, based on which the secretariat should facilitate an ur g e nt depl oyment by 1s November.
could not miss out from the many people who were at the Matsapha Airport to welcome His Majesty King Mswati III on arrival from South Africa where he attended the SADC Troika meeting on Friday.
His Majesty King Mswati III who was accompanied by Inkhosikati LaNtentesa on arrival at the Matsapha Airport.
His Majesty King Mswati III briefing members about the outcomes of the meeting. of the media
A section King. of the many people who were at the airport to welcome the
Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Dlamini, Minister Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze and Dr Vincent Mhlanga were also present at the media briefing.