SADC denies affiliation with LDF press release
Published on September 3, 2014 · No Comments
MASERU- Yesterday the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) released a press statement that stated that the SADC Troika together with the chairpersons of SADC had appealed to Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli to patrol around “important places” to ensure safety and security during this interval where police officers were not on duty.
It has since been confirmed that SADC did not associate itself with the press release in any way. Speaking to Public Eye Online, the Security Director of SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Tanki Mothae said that all statements by the SADC office are either published on the SADC website or released through the executive secretary of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.
“Statements that are released by SADC are only communicated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Home Affairs in that country, this press release was not in any way associated with SADC ” he said.
Asked about the uncertainty surrounding the post of LDF Commander, whether Lt-General Tlali Kamoli still held the seat or had been preceded by Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao as a government gazette- legal notice number 64 of 2014- published on Friday 29th August had stated, he said “I am not in a position to speak about this but from my understanding, the appointment of Brig. Maaparankoe Mahao to LDF Commander was made by His majesty King Letsie III under the advise of PM Tom Thabane and that cannot be questioned” he explained.
The Prime Minister made his way into the statehouse earlier on today and is expected to make a joint statement to His Majesty together with his deputy, Mothetjoa Metsing and BNP leader, Thesele Maseribane.
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