KING OFF TO SA DOUBLE TROIKA SUMMIT
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.
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.
“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.