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Mozambique to head Sadc security body

Lesotho was yet again passed over to head the politcial, defence and security organ.

FILE: In the past year, Sadc leaders have twice had to gather for emergency summits in Pretoria to deal with political crisis in the Mountain KingdomPicture: AFP.

GABORONE - Lesotho has yet again been passed over to head up Southern African Development Communities' (Sadc) top security body.

Leaders of the 15-nation regional organisation are giving the job to Mozambique.

The decision by Sadc shows it still doesn't regard Lesotho as stable enough to take over the organ on politics, defence and security.

In the past year, Sadc leaders have twice had to gather for emergency summits in Pretoria to deal with political crisis in the mountain kingdom.

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa still makes regular firefighting trips to Lesotho as Sadc's special mediator.

Last year, South Africa stepped in to take the chair of the organ because Lesotho was unable to assume the responsibility.

At next year's summit, Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi will hand the organ chairmanship to Tanzania who will have a new president by replacing Jakaya Kikwete who's reached the end of his term limit.