Basotho welcome SADC intervention, Afrobarometer survey shows

A majority of Basotho support a proposal to bring additional Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops into Lesotho to improve political stability in the country, a recent Afrobarometer survey shows.

The proportion of Basotho who see SADC as helpful to their country has almost doubled since 2014.

The issue of SADC troops currently deployed in the country is being debated in Lesotho. The government requested the SADC troop deployment after the killing of the Lesotho Defence Force Commander by his subordinates in September 2017. Meanwhile, Parliament is in consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders on the National Reforms Commission Bill 2018 aimed at reform of the country’s political, electoral, and security systems