Category Archives: Opinion

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – The new Thomas Thabane government’s pledge to resolve a litany of past atrocities committed by soldiers and pursue justice for the victims has opened old wounds for families of two military officers who died in army custody in 1986. The government’s tenacity has in recent days, given rise to arrests of former army commander Lieutenant General ...

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Scott details alleged torture by police

Scott details alleged torture by police

LEBOELA MOTOPI MASERU – Double ritual murder accused Lehlohonolo Scott claims police locked him in a metal drum and somewhat “boiled him” alive over an open fire. Scott said police shackled both his hands and legs before they bundled him into the drum that contained some water placed on a fire to coerce a confession. Scott of Koalabata in Berea ...

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Opposition vows to torpedo Thabane

Opposition vows to torpedo Thabane

… promises fire and brimstone as parly reopens KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – Opposition parties last night vowed to launch a titanic battle to torpedo the five-month old Thomas Thabane government through a no vote motion in parliament although political commentators labelled the move fatuous and doomed to failure. Apart from the notice to table a motion of no confidence in ...

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Cops to resume search for bodies at Mohale

Cops to resume search for bodies at Mohale

LEBOELA MOTOPI MASERU – Police divers who are searching for the bodies of the three men allegedly dumped in the Mohale Dam by soldiers are expected to resume their hunt this week. The search, which began on October 3, had been suspended indefinitely only two days after it kicked off because, among others, the divers did not have appropriate equipment ...

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Stop bickering: Majoro urges LRA

Stop bickering: Majoro urges LRA

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro has implored the new Lesotho Revenue Authority board unveiled yesterday to ensure that employees of the revenue service stop bickering and focus on the common goal of collecting revenue. Majoro said the divided LRA needed strong and decisive leadership to seal the cracks and divisions within the organisation and move forward. ...

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Will political, security unrest deepen in Lesotho?

Will political, security unrest deepen in Lesotho?

Political instability and the security crisis in Lesotho might well get worse because of volatility in the leadership ranks of important public institutions. In early September 2017, two high-ranking officers walked into the office of Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motšomotšo, the head of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), and gunned him down. The assassination of Motšomotšo was the second assassination of an LDF commander in two years – Lt-General Mahao was ...

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Is SADC at last flexing its muscles in Lesotho?

Is SADC at last flexing its muscles in Lesotho?

Will the Southern African Development Community (SADC) get it right in Lesotho this time? After over three years of quite intense diplomacy, the regional body has failed to end the chronic instability in a tiny country that ought to be manageable. That failure was underscored dramatically on 5 September when Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motšomotšo was shot ...

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A beacon of hope amid Lesotho’s eternal turmoil

A beacon of hope amid Lesotho’s eternal turmoil

Karabelo Maloi, 23, has lived through five coups, two parliamentary dissolutions and multiple assassination attempts on the life of successive heads of state. This mirrors the ignominy of Lesotho as one of the most volatile countries in the continent. “We are a country at a crossroads. I cannot remember a time when my daily life in Lesotho was not lived ...

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Role of army in democracy under spotlight

Role of army in democracy under spotlight

MASERU – The role and place of the military in democratic societies has baffled political scholars and philosophers through the ages and continues to dominate discourse, especially in ailing democracies like Lesotho. This concern rises to the fore in countries where military officers have previously taken off their military fatigues to grab executive power, and where the civilian body politic ...

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SADC must do more on Lesotho

SADC must do more on Lesotho

Next week, on October 4, Basotho will celebrate more than half a century of having shaken off the shackles of colonial rule, having been granted independence by Britain in 1966. This is a national day which must be marked by pomp and ceremony throughout the country. It is a day marked with flag-raising ceremonies, speeches, colourful parades and processions, performances, ...

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