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Lesotho Opposition: Political violence unleashes ‘reign of terror’

Lesotho Opposition: Political violence unleashes ‘reign of terror’

The June 2017 elections were supposed to soothe the troubled politics of Lesotho. It was the third poll in five years, after two successive coalitions collapsed amid vicious infighting and meddling from the army. The third time was supposed to be the charm, Prime Minister Tom Thabane promised to swiftly enact reforms to loosen the military’s stranglehold on politics. But ...

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Instability lingers in Lesotho

Instability lingers in Lesotho

For workers leaving a textile factory during a recent lunchtime in Lesotho, assassinations and political intrigue are a kind of background noise in the small southern African kingdom. The shooting of the country’s military commander, Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso (on 5 September), by two rival officers who were killed in the gunfight heightened regional concerns about Lesotho, whose mostly peaceful ...

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Motšomotšo murder: Was it mutiny or coup?

Motšomotšo murder: Was it mutiny or coup?

The assassination of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Khoantle Motšomotšo has left mixed feelings among the country’s analysts on whether it was an ordinary assassination, a mutiny or even a failed coup. Lieutenant General Motšomotšo was allegedly shot by Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi last Tuesday. The two are alleged to have later been killed by Motšomotšo’s bodyguards. The deaths ...

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Lesotho: Tilting towards gun culture

Lesotho: Tilting towards gun culture

The assassination of army boss Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo by his subordinates last Tuesday, has confirmed the existence of factions and instability within the military, taking Lesotho closer to a failed state, retired Major-General Samuel Makoro has observed. A member of the army since 1981, Lieutenant General Motšomotšo was assassinated in his Ratjomose Barracks office by his subordinates, Brigadier Bulane ...

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Overpopulation is not Lesotho’s biggest problem

Overpopulation is not Lesotho’s biggest problem

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho recently (3 June) held its third general election in the last five years. Despite the joy in the capital, Maseru, at the election of Tom Thabane as Prime Minister, the election is not likely to solve any of the country’s deeper political, economic, or social problems. The problems that Thabane has inherited arise from a ...

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Military, politics make a dangerous mix

Military, politics make a dangerous mix

Thabane has vowed to implement the SADC’s recommendations on prosecutions and on major army reforms. The new government admits the army has held the levers of power in Lesotho.   When rival officers gunned down Lesotho’s army chief and were then killed by his bodyguards, hopes that the Mountain Kingdom had escaped its cycle of violence also perished. The shoot-out ...

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Singapore High Court exempts Lesotho from arbitral award

Singapore High Court exempts Lesotho from arbitral award

The High Court of Singapore has set aside an arbitral award issued to Swissbourgh Diamond Mines and South African investors who claim their mining leases had been expropriated by the Kingdom of Lesotho. The claimants state that their mining leases were unlawfully expropriated in breach of Lesotho’s obligations under the SADC treaty. The case, according to international law firm, Hogan ...

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Lesotho’s economic woes create generation of migrants

Lesotho’s economic woes create generation of migrants

In a cottage in rural Lesotho, Tisetso Litheko lays out six full passports packed with immigration stamps showing his constant movement across the border to neighbouring South Africa. The 31-year-old former shepherd is one of more than 400 000 Lesotho nationals who live for much of the year in South Africa, forced by decades of a lack of work in ...

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No electricity at High Altitude Centre

No electricity at High Altitude Centre

Local athletes have raised concerns over the lack of electricity at the Ha Rapokolane High Altitude Training Centre, saying it makes it difficult to prepare for their games. Matela Makhetha, one of the district athletes, said the circumstances force them to use only the non-electrical machines meaning it scuppers their preparation programmes. Makhetha also said access to the centre is ...

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OPINION: Is Metsing agitating for a coup?

OPINION: Is Metsing agitating for a coup?

As opposed to a rebellion, a coup is never a spontaneous development. It takes time and plotting to put the pieces together. The important thing to note however is that all coups are a result of agitation often outside the barracks. The calculations whether the environment exists for a coup; and, the probability of success of staging such a coup ...

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