Burundi tense amid reports of coup

The situation in the African country of Burundi is tense amid conflicting reports of a coup against the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Soldiers have stationed themselves outside the state broadcaster in the centre of the capital, Bujumbura. Wednesday’s developments came after Reuters news agency reported, citing an army officer,[…]

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Ramaphosa to visit Lesotho

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to Maseru, Lesotho on Wednesday to facilitate the country’s return to political normalcy, his office said. Ramaphosa, the South African Development Community (SADC) facilitator, would pursue SADC’s Troika mandate to facilitate political and security normalcy, spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement. Ramaphosa would[…]

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Lesotho parliament to reconvene on Friday

Lesotho’s parliament is due to reconvene Friday, the first step of a peace deal aimed at resolving weeks of crisis sparked by an attempted military coup. With security concerns on-going, the 120-member legislature will reconvene four months after Prime Minister Tom Thabane suspended it to dodge a no-confidence vote that[…]

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Military action ‘only option’: Lesotho army chief

Lesotho’s army commander said Sunday that military action was now the only option against a general accused of masterminding an attempted coup, and appealed to neighbouring states for assistance. Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao told AFP in a telephone interview from Maseru, capital of the tiny Southern African nation, that efforts[…]

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Lesotho police regroup, but fears remain

Lesotho’s exiled police commissioner returned to the country Wednesday, ordering his officers to go back to work. But this week’s violence has left the force disarmed and with reason to still live in fear. “It was around eight o’clock when we heard the shots,” said one of the few remaining[…]

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Tension as exiled Lesotho PM expected to return

Gunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho’s capital Maseru overnight, as the mountain nation awaited the possible return of its exiled prime minister following an apparent coup. An aide to Tom Thabane told AFP the 75-year-old could return to the country Tuesday, after regional mediators brokered a road map[…]

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Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

The king of Lesotho is taking action to fill a power vacuum after the military’s actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country. King Letsie III is appointing a Cabinet minister to run the country as both the prime minister and deputy prime minister[…]

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SADC to meet over Lesotho unrest

Foreign ministers of three Southern Africa Development Community member states will be discussing the recent events in Lesotho, Dirco confirmed on Sunday. “Foreign ministers of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia are meeting tonight in Pretoria to talk about matters of Lesotho,” said International Relations and Co-operation departmental spokesman, Clayson Monyela.[…]

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ANC condemns Lesothu coup

The ANC on Saturday called on the Lesotho Defence Force to return to barracks and allow the government to continue its functions. “The African National Congress has noted with deep concern developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho where it is reported that the military has seized key buildings and installations[…]

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