SADC FROWNS UPON PO­LIT­I­CAL KILLINGS KING

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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.

In­tel­li­gence

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.

Wor­ri­some

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.

Lacwe­bete­lako (Pics: Si­mon Sha­bangu)

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.

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