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Dec. 1, 2021

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LDF member dies from malaria in Mozambique

LDF member dies from malaria in Mozambique

SADC soldiers deployed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

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  • 125 members of LDF were deployed to Mozambique to quell terrorism and acts of violent extremism
  • The remains of dead soldier arrived in Lesotho on Tuesday at Mejametalana air wing in Maseru

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COMMANDO Private Moalosi Jacob Khoaele, a member of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on Sunday succumbed to the malaria in Mozambique where he was part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Cabo Delgado.

Halebonoe Setšabi, the Minister of Defence told the National Assembly on Tuesday, that Khoaele, 35, fell ill together with a fellow soldier and were both taken for treatment to the SAMMIM Referral Force Hospital in Pemba, in the Cabo Delgado area.

The Minister said the late soldier who hailed from Thaba-Tšoeu, Ha Khabo in Mafeteng later succumbed to the disease.

''Unfortunately, Commando Private Khoaele met his death while in a mission in Mozambique to intervene against the Islamic insurgency which has left the Mozambique people living in that region in a crisis,'' Mr Setšabi said.

He therefore extended his condolences on behalf of the defence ministry to His Majesty King Letsie III, Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro, the Khoaele family, the dead soldier’s colleagues who are still in Mozambique, the LDF and Basotho at large for the loss of their warrior.

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The remains of the fallen soldier arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon at the Mejametalana air wing in Maseru.

A total of 125 members of LDF were deployed to Mozambique in August as part of SADC’s support for Mozambique’s efforts in combating terrorism and acts of violent extremism orchestrated by non-state armed actors in Cabo Delgado.

The mission period has been extended for another three months until January 15, next year. LeNA

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