KING OFF TO SA DOU­BLE TROIKA SUMMIT

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Gugu Sime­lane

HIS Majesty King Mswati III will to­day at­tend the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) Dou­ble Troika summit to be held in Pre­to­ria.

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Joel Nh­leko con­firmed His Majesty’s one day trip to South Africa this morn­ing.

He re­vealed that the King will leave for the SADC Troika meet­ing at 7am and re­turn to the coun­try when the meet­ing ad­journs.

South Africa Present Jacob Zuma, who is SADC Chair­per­son, will con­vene a SADC Dou­ble Troika Summit of heads of state and gov­ern­ment to­day at 2pm in Pre­to­ria.

The summit will be held as a re­sult of the re­cent po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ment, in the King­dom of Le­sotho, where among other things, the Com­man­der of the Le­sotho De­fence force Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Khoan­tle Mot­so­motso was as­sas­si­nated.

Mis­sion

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, SADC sent a min­is­te­rial fact-find­ing mis­sion to Le­sotho to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the killing of Mot­so­motso on Septem­ber 5. Mot­so­motso was shot dead by ri­val of­fi­cers at a mil­i­tary bar­racks in an ap­par­ent as­sas­si­na­tion set to re­vive in­sta­bil­ity in the moun­tain­ous King­dom.

"In or­der to avert the pos­si­bil­ity of fur- ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of se­cu­rity in the King­dom of Le­sotho, the SADC is im­me­di­ately de­ploy­ing a min­is­te­rial fact find­ing mis­sion to the king­dom of Le­sotho from 7 to 10 Septem­ber 2017.

Mis­sion

“The mis­sion will com­prise Or­gan Troika Min­is­ters plus SADC Chair ac­com­pa­nied by De­fence and Se­cu­rity ex­perts," SADC said at the time.

The summit in Pre­to­ria is ex­pected to be briefed on the find­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to News24, the SA Pres­i­dency has is­sued a state­ment, stat­ing that the summit will be briefed on the re­port of the min­is­te­rial fact find­ing mis­sion to the Le­sotho con­ducted by the rogue el­e­ments fin­gered in the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion of In­quiry Re­port in or­der to chart a way for­ward on the nec­es­sary sup­port to that coun­try.

The ex­tra-or­di­nary summit was in line with the func­tion­ing of SADC where the chair usu­ally be­came the host of meet­ings dur­ing the pe­riod of chair­man­ship, the state­ment said.

Be­sides Swazi­land, Pres­i­dent Zuma is ex­pected to be joined by heads of state and gov­ern­ment from An­gola, Tan­za­nia and Namibia.

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