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Zimbabwe, Namibia conduct airforce drills

by Blessing Zulu
17 Sep 2014 at 21:21hrs | Views
Zimbabwe and Namibia on Wednesday conducted a joint air drill in Nyanga, Manicaland province, aimed at practicing measures against potential threats to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

But senior Harare military officials were quick to dismiss speculation that the drills had anything to do with tensions in the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho where the army is accused of attempting to topple the government.

President Robert Mugabe was in South Africa on Monday for a SADC troika summit on Lesotho  in his capacity as SADC chair to try and de-escalate tensions in Maseru.

The SADC troika summit agreed to deploy a full SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security observation mission for a period of three months after which it could be revived to ensure peace and stability within the defense and security establishments.

The troika summit also mandated South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to act as SADC facilitator to Lesotho.

Airforce of Zimbabwe spokesman Squadron Leader Simon Matingwina told VOA Studio 7 that the drills are a continuation of Harare and Windhoek.

Source - VOA

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