SADC Troops Arrive in the Country

Maseru – The Prime Minister, Dr. Motsoahae Thabane says the Southern African Development Community SADC troops are expected to arrive in the country on Monday.

In his statement before the National Assembly Dr. Thabane said the deployment will be officially launched on November 28th, and the troops will be in the country for six months with the possibility of extension should a need arise, saying their stay in the country they will complement Lesotho Defence Force LDF, the Police Unit and the National Security Services.

According to the Prime Minister, the decision to deploy the SADC troops in Lesotho follows the killing of the LDF Commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Mots’omots’o on September fifth, 2017 after which Angola as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation sent a Mission to find out what led to Mots’omots’o’s death.

The Prime Minister’s Mission Report was submitted to the Chairperson of the Organ, and it was scrutinised during a meeting between security chiefs which was held in Luanda, Angola in October, and later that month, the SADC Ministerial Committee of Chairpersons and a delegation of Organ Ministers met in Cape Town, South Africa, which reaffirmed the urgent need to send troops to Lesotho.

In his statement, Dr. Thabane called for cooperation from Basotho in general during the presence of the troops in the country.


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