SADC delegation on fact-finding mission in Lesotho

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) fact-finding Mission comprising of Organ Troika Ministers plus SADC Chair accompanied by Defence and Security experts have arrived in Lesotho.

The mission is expected to conduct an assessment of the security situation, following a tragic death Army Commander Khoantle Motsomotso by his junior officers.

The high level delegation will be meeting various stakeholders including the King, Prime Minister and various non-governmental organizations.
Some security details on an elaborate timeline of events leading to the tragic death of the army commander may not be divulged to media due to the sensitive nature of investigations.

Meanwhile, Basotho on the ground are worried about these developments, but have been resilient enough to continue with their everyday lives.

“I think the people who are in charge must hold their horses, and sit down together and involve in self-criticism to put their house together,” says artist Meshu Mokitimi.

SADC has issued a strongly worded assurance to Basotho and the neighbouring countries of Lesotho, and to the member states, that it shall spare no effort in ensuring that there is lasting peace in the mountain kingdom and it is up to Basotho to reciprocate the same.

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– By Rapelang Radebe