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Au Lesotho, les liaisons dangereuses entre l'armée et le politique

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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix

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Southern Africa panel to probe Lesotho assassination

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Lesotho girl, 9, testifies about being raped by Danish 'clitoris collector'

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Ramaphosa in Lesotho for post-elections national dialogue
Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as SADC facilitator to Lesotho, is expected in Maseru on Wednesday, to attend the country's landmark post-elections national dialogue. In a statement, the presidency said that the SADC Oversight Committee, the SADC Council of NGOs and the United Nations were set to participate in the two-day event to be held under the auspices of the Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN)   Read More ...
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Former military chief in Lesotho charged with murder
Maseru - A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom. Tlali Kamoli on Monday also is charged with attempted murder for the 2014 bombings of three homes, including an attack that authorities had said was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Thomas Thabane   Read More ...
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Former military chief in Lesotho charged with murder
MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom. Tlali Kamoli on Monday also is charged with attempted murder for the 2014 bombings of three homes, including an attack that authorities had said was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Thomas Thabane   Read More ...
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Lesotho detains former head of armed forces
JOHANNESBURG: The former head of Lesotho's armed forces has been arrested over unspecified offences committed during his fours years in the job, police said on Friday. Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli was detained and questioned on Wednesday, police said, declining to go into further details. A month ago another senior army officer was arrested over the killing of Kamoli's successor and two other officers in an army barracks   Read More ...
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Lesotho detains former head of armed forces
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The former head of Lesotho's armed forces has been arrested over unspecified offences committed during his fours years in the job, police said on Friday. Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli was detained and questioned on Wednesday, police said, declining to go into further details. A month ago another senior army officer was arrested over the killing of Kamoli's successor and two other officers in an army barracks   Read More ...
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Top Africa stories: Mugabes, Lesotho, Madagascar
Harare – Zimbabwean First Lady has drawn criticism from health and political activists after she allegedly donated used underwear to Zanu-PF party supporters in the eastern border city of Mutare. According to NewsDay, the donation was handed over to the ruling party supporters by prominent businessman and Chikanga Dangamvura legislator Esau Mupfumi, who claimed to have been sent by the controversial First Lady   Read More ...
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IFRC President: Lesotho’s vulnerability to drought will continue without increased investment in resilience
Lesotho will continue to experience devastating droughts and food crises unless there is a dramatic increase in investment in community-level resilience and preparedness “Without measures to strengthen the ability of people to withstand droughts and other hazards, the terrible food insecurity we have seen here in recent years will keep on returning,” said Mr Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Lesotho, where he met the country’s King Letsie III, as well as other government officials   Read More ...
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Safety of journalists in Lesotho 'under threat', says Sanef
Cape Town – The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has expressed concern over the "condition and situation" of journalists in Lesotho. In a statement on Tuesday, Sanef said that the safety of journalists working in the mountain kingdom was under threat "due to the deteriorating security situation". "Sanef wishes to offer its support to SABC Correspondent in Lesotho Nthakoana Ngatane who had to flee the country following numerous threats on her life   Read More ...
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King Letsie III of Lesotho: Ready for more power
The Kingdom of Lesotho is often described as one of the poorest countries in the world. In addition to continued political instability, the nation is facing many serious social problems. Poverty and unemployment rates are high, violent crimes are common, and there are many reports of rape and abuse against women. With 25 percent of the people identified as HIV-positive, Aids/HIV rates are among of the highest in the world   Read More ...
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Technology vital for small nations to meet development goals, Lesotho’s Prime Minister tells
“Attainment of sustainable development will elude us if there is no genuine commitment by all, including our development partners,” said Motsoahae Thomas Thabane. “Indeed, the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and economic might and capability between the developed and the developing nations, are critical for our success in building a sustainable world.” “Each island that disappears because of climate change will be a nightmare for humanity,” he said   Read More ...
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Lesotho slammed for shutting down 'anti-govt' radio station – report
Maseru – Lesotho's government has reportedly defended its decision to shut down a privately owned radio station that is seen as being anti-government. According to SABC, the government said that its decision was "solely" based on the country's fragile security situation. Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Joang Molapo said that the government had no interest in censoring the media, but it was going to take action if the country's security was being threatened   Read More ...
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Instability lingers in Lesotho after deadly shootout
Maseru - 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 death last week of the country's military commander, Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, by two rival officers who were killed in the gunfight heightened regional concerns about Lesotho, whose mostly peaceful elections in June gave hope that stability was being restored   Read More ...
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Lesotho’s political strife to cost SADC millions
Lesotho’s political troubles will cost the Southern African Development Community (SADC) more than R89.1m in the next few months as the region prepares to send in a standby force of military, security, intelligence and civilian experts to support the government. Six SADC member states and Lesotho decided in Pretoria on Friday that there was an “urgent need” to help the country restore law and order, and create a peaceful environment conducive to implementing SADC-sanctioned reforms   Read More ...
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Instability lingers in African kingdom after deadly shootout
MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — 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 death last week of the country's military commander, Lt. Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso, by two rival officers who were killed in the gunfight heightened regional concerns about Lesotho, whose mostly peaceful elections in June gave hope that stability was being restored   Read More ...
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Instability lingers in African kingdom after deadly shootout
MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — 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 death last week of the country's military commander, Lt. Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso, by two rival officers who were killed in the gunfight heightened regional concerns about Lesotho, whose mostly peaceful elections in June gave hope that stability was being restored   Read More ...
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Instability lingers in African kingdom after deadly shootout
MASERU, 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 death last week of the country's military commander, Lt. Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso, by two rival officers who were killed in the gunfight heightened regional concerns about Lesotho, whose mostly peaceful elections in June gave hope that stability was being restored   Read More ...
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Zuma: As SADC we can't and shall not be in Lesotho forever
Pretoria - Troops and intelligence experts will be sent to Lesotho by neighbouring countries to help stabilise the troubled kingdom and to see that long-overdue reforms are implemented. Leaders from six countries in the Southern African Development Community, together with newly-elected Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane, made this decision at an extra-ordinary Double Troika summit in Pretoria on Friday. In the communique, the summit said it had approved “the deployment of a contingent force comprising military, security, intelligence and civilian experts to support the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho”   Read More ...
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Lesotho king: Stop using the army for 'dirty' work
Malibamatso - King Letsie III on Thursday called on Lesotho's political leaders to stop using the army for "dirty" work, as he addressed mourners at the funeral of a commander who was assassinated last week. Khoantle Motsomotso was gunned down by rival officers at a barracks in the capital Maseru, as the struggle between the tiny nation's military and politicians continues to be marred by violence   Read More ...
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Lesotho king: Stop using the army for "dirty" work
Lesotho king: Stop using the army for “dirty” work. Malibamatso, Lesotho | AFP | King Letsie III on Thursday called on Lesotho’s political leaders to stop using the army for “dirty” work, as he addressed mourners at the funeral of a commander who was assassinated last week. Khoantle Motsomotso was gunned down by rival officers at a barracks in the capital Maseru, as the struggle between the tiny nation’s military and politicians continues to be marred by violence   Read More ...
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Lesotho king: murder of army commander an 'embarrassment'
Malibamatso - Lesotho's King Letsie III said on Thursday the killing of the country's army commander last week had caused "embarrassment" and"scared"the small mountain kingdom. Khoantle Motsomotso was gunned down by rival officers as the struggle between the tiny nation's military and politicians continues to be marred by violence. Letsie, who rarely makes public speeches, was addressing mourners at the funeral of the army commander, who was attacked at a military barracks in the capital Maseru on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Lesotho king: murder of army commander an 'embarrassment'
Malibamatso, Lesotho | AFP | Lesotho’s King Letsie III said Thursday the killing of the country’s army commander last week had caused “embarrassment” and”scared”the small mountain kingdom. Khoantle Motsomotso was gunned down by rival officers as the struggle between the tiny nation’s military and politicians continues to be marred by violence. Letsie, who rarely makes public speeches, was addressing mourners at the funeral of the army commander, who was attacked at a military barracks in the capital Maseru on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Lesotho king: Murder of army commander an 'embarrassment'
MALIBAMATSO, Lesotho: Lesotho's King Letsie III said Thursday the killing of the country's army commander last week had caused "embarrassment" and"scared"the small mountain kingdom. Khoantle Motsomotso was gunned down by rival officers as the struggle between the tiny nation's military and politicians continues to be marred by violence. Letsie, who rarely makes public speeches, was addressing mourners at the funeral of the army commander, who was attacked at a military barracks in the capital Maseru on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Zuma to convene SADC double troika summit… report on Lesotho expected
Cape Town – South Africa is set to host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika summit to be held in Pretoria on Friday, the presidency has said in a statement. "President Jacob Zuma, as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will convene a SADC Double Troika Summit of heads of state and government on 15 September 2017 in Pretoria," the statement said   Read More ...
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Au Lesotho, les liaisons dangereuses entre l'armée et le politique
L'assassinat cette semaine au Lesotho du chef d'état-major de l'armée a ravivé les risques d'une déstabilisation de ce petit royaume d'Afrique australe, où l'armée exerce un poids énorme sur les institutions, cause de décennies d'instabilité politique. Mardi matin, deux officiers se sont présentés au bureau du général Khoantle Motsomotso, au siège du commandement militaire à Maseru, et l'ont abattu. Eux-mêmes ont été tués lors de la fusillade qui a suivi avec les gardes du corps de leur victime   Read More ...
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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix
MASERU, 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 this week at a military barracks in the capital Maseru underscored the struggle between the military and politicians over who is in control. Elections in June were meant to be a fresh start after years of efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional group to strengthen democratic governance in the tiny nation engulfed by South Africa   Read More ...
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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix
Maseru - 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 this week at a military barracks in the capital Maseru underscored the struggle between the military and politicians over who is in control. Elections in June were meant to be a fresh start after years of efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional group to strengthen democratic governance in the tiny nation engulfed by South Africa   Read More ...
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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix
Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) - 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 this week at a military barracks in the capital Maseru underscored the struggle between the military and politicians over who is in control. Elections in June were meant to be a fresh start after years of efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional group to strengthen democratic governance in the tiny nation engulfed by South Africa   Read More ...
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SA, Moz, Angola troops head to Lesotho after commander's killing
Maseru - Troops from several southern African countries are deploying to Lesotho amid tensions over the shooting death of the mountain kingdom's military commander. Lesotho's defence minister, Sentje Lebona, said on Thursday that the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc, is sending forces to keep order. Lebona says the force includes troops from South Africa, Angola and Mozambique but declined to comment on the size   Read More ...
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Regional troops head to Lesotho after commander's killing
MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Troops from several southern African countries are deploying to Lesotho amid tensions over the shooting death of the mountain kingdom's military commander. Lesotho's defense minister, Sentje Lebona, said Thursday that the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc, is sending forces to keep order. Lebona says the force includes troops from South Africa, Angola and Mozambique but declines to comment on the size   Read More ...
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Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Lesotho, Kenya
'Whip your children,' Zim youth leader urges Grace Mugabe. Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party youth leader has encouraged Grace Mugabe to use a whip on her errant "children", after the first lady was accused of whipping South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable last month. Kudzanai Chipanga said the Zanu-PF youth members were Grace Mugabe’s children, and she had the right to discipline them physically   Read More ...
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Southern Africa panel to probe Lesotho assassination
Maseru, Lesotho | AFP | Southern Africa’s regional body on Wednesday said it was sending a rapid-response team to probe the assassination of Lesotho’s army commander, a killing it lashed as “barbaric” and a blow to peace efforts. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been trying to foster peace in Lesotho, but the death threatens to revive unrest in the mountain kingdom   Read More ...
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Lesotho detains army major over killing of military leader
MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho has detained a senior army officer in connection with the killing of the country’s military leader and two other soldiers, a Defence Ministry official said Wednesday. The shooting took place at an army barracks on Tuesday, but it was not clear what the motivation was. An army major, whose name was not disclosed, was taken into custody to help police with the investigation, Defence Ministry Principal Secretary Colonel Tanki Mothae said   Read More ...
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Opposition doubts if SADC can calm 'violent political climate' in Lesotho
Maseru - Southern Africa's regional body on Wednesday said it was sending a rapid-response team to probe the assassination of Lesotho's army commander, a killing it lashed as "barbaric" and a blow to peace efforts. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been trying to foster peace in Lesotho, but the death threatens to revive unrest in the mountain kingdom. Army commander Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a barracks on Tuesday when two senior officers - widely seen as from a rival faction - tried to force their way into his office   Read More ...
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SADC: Killing of Lesotho army chief 'an inexcusable barbaric and heinous act'
Maseru – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has described the killing of Lesotho's military chief Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, as an "inexcusable barbaric and heinous act". In a statement on Wednesday, the regional bloc said that it had "learnt with deep shock, sadness and dismay" about the assassination of Motsomotso. Motsomotso was shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks on Tuesday, in an apparent assassination set to revive instability in the mountainous African kingdom   Read More ...
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Lesotho army chief shot dead
The head of Lesotho’s army, Lt Gen Khoantle Motsomotso, and two other senior officers have been killed in a shootout at a barracks in the capital, Maseru. Eyewitnesses said the officers burst into the army chief’s office and shot him before being killed by guards. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has said the situation is now under control and has urged people to remain calm   Read More ...
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SADC condemns killing of Lesotho army chief Khoantle Motsomotso
Southern Africa's regional body (Sadc) has condemned Tuesday's killing of the head of Lesotho's army, calling it an "inexcusable barbaric and heinous act". Lt Gen Khoantle Motsomotso, and two officers guarding him, were shot dead at a military barracks in in the capital, Maseru. Sadc said the killing was a set-back to efforts to restore peace, security and stability to the kingdom   Read More ...
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LATEST: SADC to send fact-finding mission to Lesotho after army chief killing
Cape Town – The Southern African Community (SADC) is set to send a ministerial fact-finding mission to Lesotho on Thursday to assess the situation following the killing of the country's army commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, the Department of International Relations and Co-oprtation says in a statement. Motsomotso was shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks on Tuesday, in an apparent assassination set to revive instability in the mountainous African kingdom   Read More ...
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Lesotho's army chief Lt. Gen Motsomotso shot dead
Lesotho’s army chief shot dead by rival soldiers. Maseru, Lesotho | AFP | Lesotho’s army commander was shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks on Tuesday, an official told AFP, in an apparent assassination set to revive instability in the mountainous African kingdom. “The commander (Khoantle Motsomotso) has been declared dead,” a military official who declined to be named told AFP, adding that two senior officers behind the attack were also killed in the shoot-out   Read More ...
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Head of Lesotho defense force shot dead
Lesotho's top military leader, Khoantle Mots'omots'o, and two senior officers were shot dead Tuesday at an army barracks, the government said. Col. Tanki Mothae, the principal secretary for the defense force, told Reuters the two senior officers were under investigation for the murder of another former Lesotho defense commander in 2015 . Zuma also said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would send a ministerial fact-finding mission to Lesotho Thursday to assess the situation   Read More ...
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Zuma slams 'senseless' killing of Lesotho's chief of defence force
Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has condemned the killing of Lesotho's army commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, the Department of International Relations and Co-oprtation said in a statement on Tuesday. "On behalf of SADC, President Zuma condemns in the strongest terms possible the senseless and regrettable killing of Genenal Motsomotso, especially because his killing happens two years after the killing of former Lesotho Defence Force Commander, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao in June 2015, thus creating a dangerous pattern in the Kingdom of Lesotho   Read More ...
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