Nam deploys military contingent to Lesotho

16 Oct 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – A total of 250 soldiers of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Motorised Infantry Brigade have been sent to support the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Contingency Force in Lesotho.
This was sanctioned by Cabinet on 15 September 2017, following the approval of the SADC Double Troika Summit on the Security Situation in Lesotho.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya made the announcement during a media conference on Cabinet resolutions here Monday.
Cabinet further endorsed five officials to form part of the Oversight Committee on Lesotho. These officials are from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Safety and Security; and Namibia Central Intelligence Service.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah explained to the media that the request to deploy a contingent, which has been part of the SADC standby force to Lesotho, is fully funded by the regional block.
The SADC Contingency Force will comprise South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Each country will commit a contingent of military and security personnel.
The standby force is aimed to ensure stability and security in Lesotho after the country plunged into a political crisis following a failed coup attempt in 2014.
Its government has since been under immense pressure to implement reforms, initially devised by SADC.
SADC sent a contingent, including military and intelligence experts, to support the government of Lesotho following the assassination of the country’s army chief, Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motsomotso by fellow soldiers in early September.