Namibia to give up SADC Troika membership

02 Aug 2015 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia will give up it's seat on the management of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
According to a media statement by Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndwaitwah, Namibia will give up its seat on 18 August 2015, during the SADC Summit in Botswana.
The SADC Troika was created through the region's Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security of 1996.
The Troika consists of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and outgoing chairperson of the organ.
Namibia chaired the troika in 2013. In 2014, the country became the outgoing chairperson, and should therefore relinquish its seat during this year's summit.
The current chairperson of the organ is South Africa, while Lesotho is the incoming chairperson of the organ.
According to the Protocol on Politics, the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the organ are elected on a rotation basis amongst the members of the summit, except that the chairperson and the deputy chairperson of the summit shall not simultaneously be the chairperson of the organ.
Zimbabwe is the current chair of the summit, deputised by Botswana, who is the incoming chair of the Summit.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the Minister of International Relations And Cooperation, said although Namibia will cease to be a member of the Troika, the country will continue to play its part in enhancing peace and stability in the sub-region
“As I speak, the Government of Namibia has dispatched an Officer to form part of the SADC Independent Commission of Inquiry, which is tasked to, amongst others, investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, former Army Commander in the Kingdom of Lesotho,” she said.
According to reports, the late General was driving with two nephews when he was killed, allegedly by troops under the control of army commander Tlali Kamoli.
Lesotho has been in turmoil since ex-Prime Minister Tom Thabane dismissed Kamoli as army commander and replaced him with Mahao.
Lesotho held its general elections in February this year.
The elections produced no clear winner and a coalition government led by the Democratic Congress named Pakalitha Mosisili as premier and Kamoli was reinstated.
As part of the SADC efforts to diffuse the political tension in Lesotho, the SADC Double Troika Summit, which met on 03 July this year in Pretoria, resolved to reappoint the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa as SADC Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho.