LDF may deploy to Mozambique
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By Liteboho Thebe
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, ’Matšepo Ramakoae announced has said there is a possible deployment of members of the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) to Mozambique’s province of Gabo Delgado threatened by conflicts.
At a political Dialogue between the European Union Commission (EU) and the government of Lesotho, held on April 20, at Avani Lesotho, Ramakoae made the disclosure.
Ramakoae said there is a meeting that is to be held in Mozambique on April 28-29 April 2021.
She said the meeting would be attended by all the SADC member states and it is meant to evaluate and work out a plan on how they should help Mozambique.
The EU donated €7.86 million to Mozambique aimed to respond to the after-effects of the terrorist attacks that occurred in the Mozambican northern province of Cabo Delgado.
According to the World Food Program, the violence has resulted in the displacement of over 565, 000 people.
She said the Lesotho contingent of the SADC standby force has always been established to assist where there is a problem but it is not just a question of human assistance but also a question of what type of equipment will they be using.
She also said that also important are strategies that are also aligned with the type of assistance that will be required regarding the terrorist attacks taking place in the northern part of Mozambique.
She also adds that SADC is concerned about the terrorism attacks in Mozambique and how Lesotho will be able to assist in the matter as a member of the SADC.
The minister also emphasized her fears, adding there has never been an act of terrorism in Lesotho and that they fear a similar thing might happen in the country.
“We are talking about AI-Qaeda and some things that we have never had down here so they might be given strategies to assist in such issues.
“The civil society is also concerned that some of the signs they already see in the country are like the ones of terrorism, they see lots of cars coming and see lots of people that they don’t know coming in and out of Lesotho,” said the minister.