Namibian contingent returns from Lesotho

05 Dec 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh on Wednesday welcomed home 11 Namibians from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Preventative Mission in Lesotho.
“It is worth noting that the SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho's presence in that country has been a positive factor in terms of peace and security as it has created a stable and secure environment necessary for the implementation of the constitutional and institutional reforms recommended by SADC,” said Namoloh.
He added that the mission is also deterrent against any attempt of unconstitutional change of government, non-compliance with the rule of law and blatant human rights violation.
“As a region we believe that the reforms will take place over time due to the commitment demonstrated across all sectors,” he noted.
The mountainous African kingdom has experienced political turbulence since the attempted coup in 2014 and its last three elections have failed to produce clear winners. Political parties had since agreed at a national leadership forum in August to discuss ways forward.
The contingent was deployed for a six month period from 20 November 2017 to 20 May 2018 following the political and security instability in Lesotho.
The SADC Double Troika Summit that was held in Angola on 24 April 2018 extended the mission for a further six months from 20 May 2018 to 20 November 2018.
Namoloh explained that the extension was due to the outstanding issues pertaining to the constitutional, institutional reforms, national dialogue and re-training of security agencies in that country.
The Namibian contingent consisted of military, police, civilians and intelligence officers and was based in Lesotho’s capital Maseru.
Namibia initially contributed 12 personnel to the mission, but an official from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation was requested to return earlier due to other equally important responsibilities, he concluded.