Tuesday 17 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/14/17)
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. Flanked by army chiefs from several neighbouring countries, the king said the killing had "embarrassed us as a nation... making us a laughing stock of other nations". "Khoantle's death has scared us all," he said. The funeral was held in...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...
(AFP (eng) 09/06/17)
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...
(AFP (eng) 09/05/17)
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. The military official said the two senior officers had been denied access to Motsomotso's office by...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
Lesotho's King Letsie III on Monday arrived in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on a visit to boost ties of the two African countries. King Letsie III, during his four-day visit to Ethiopia, is expected to meet senior Ethiopian government officials, including President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The king is also expected to visit various infrastructure projects in the East African country, particularly the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Airline's Aviation Academy, it was indicated. Activities implemented by the Ethiopian government to improve country's food security are also said to be the areas
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Lesotho authorities are investigating a security breach after wire-tapping gadgets were discovered in the office of the new prime minister earlier this week, an official said Saturday. Recording equipment was found planted under Thomas Thabane's desk and near his office landline, just six weeks after he took office following his party's victory in snap elections last month. "It is true that there were bugging devices found in the prime minister's office and as we speak investigations to establish who is...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/17)
Lesotho's new prime minister took office Friday at the head of a coalition government, three years after he was targeted by a putsch and two days after the murder of his estranged wife. Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC) party won snap elections on June 3 but failed to get an outright majority, leading it to negotiate joint rule with the Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL). But his inauguration was marred...
(APA 06/16/17)
Thomas Thabane was officially sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Lesotho in Maseru on Friday, APA can report. Thabane took over from the outgoing prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili, after Mosisili’s party and its coalition allies suffered a blow in the 3rd June elections. Thabane is leader of the All Basotho Convention, which received the most votes in the election, but did not win an outright majority to form a government on its own. Thabane has promised to address,...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/17)
The estranged wife of Lesotho's incoming prime minister was gunned down just two days before his inauguration, his party and police said on Thursday, creating confusion ahead of the handover of power. Thomas Thabane's wife Lipolelo, 58, was shot dead in the Ha Masana village, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of the capital Maseru where she lives, as she was driving with a friend on Wednesday. Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of Thabane's All Basotho Convention party, said the prime...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/17)
Just days before his inauguration, Lesotho's incoming prime minister was left shaken Thursday by the murder of his estranged wife in a shooting highlighting the political uncertainty which has long gripped the mountain kingdom. Thomas Thabane's 58-year-old wife Lipolelo, was shot dead Wednesday in Ha Masana village, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of the capital Maseru where she lives, as she was driving with a friend. Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of Thabane's All Basotho Convention party, said the prime...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/17)
Lesotho's former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing has called for a national unity government, saying a broader coalition deal would ensure stability after last week's election failed to produce an outright winner. Lesotho, which has been on a political knife-edge since an attempted coup in 2014, held elections last week, the third in five years, after Pakalitha Mosisili, with whom Metsing had been in a coalition government, lost a no-confidence vote as prime minister in March. Mosisili admitted defeat on...
(AFP (eng) 06/07/17)
Lesotho's former prime minister Thomas Thabane is poised to form a coalition government after his party won snap elections at the weekend and defeated the governing alliance, according to official results released Tuesday. Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC) won 48 parliamentary seats and will form a coalition with three other parties to obtain the required 61-seat majority. The ABC's secretary general, Samonyane Ntsekele, said the party would join with the Alliance of Democrats (AD), the Basotho National Party (BNP) and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL)
(AFP (eng) 06/07/17)
Lesotho's former prime minister Thomas Thabane is poised to form a coalition government after his party won snap elections at the weekend and defeated the ruling alliance, official results released Tuesday showed. Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC) won 48 parliamentary seats and will form a coalition with three other parties to obtain the required 61-seat majority. The ABC secretary general Samonyane Ntsekele said the party would join forces with the Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and the...
(Bloomberg 06/06/17)
Lesotho’s main opposition party took a commanding lead as the constituency vote count from June 3 elections in the tiny southern African mountain kingdom passed the two-thirds mark. With results tallied from 57 of the 80 constituencies, Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention, or ABC, had won 45 parliamentary seats, the ruling Democratic Congress, or DC, led by Pakalitha Mosisili, had secured eight and four smaller parties one each, the nation’s Independent Electoral Commission announced in the capital, Maseru. Results from the southern part of the country, a ruling-party stronghold, haven’t been announced. Under Lesotho’s electoral rules
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Foreign observers on Monday described Lesotho's weekend election as "largely peaceful" despite the shock deployment of armed soldiers at polling stations on voting day. Counting was underway Monday in the restive mountain kingdom, which has been rocked by attempted coups and instability in recent years. Regional observers said the snap polls were "largely peaceful" but called for post-election reforms to bring stability to a country hit by chronic political infighting and suffering from weak government institutions. "Elections alone cannot address the underlying political and structural challenges facing the country," said Joaquim Chissano, the former...
(AFP (eng) 06/04/17)
Election officials in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho on Sunday investigated why armed soldiers had been deployed at many polling stations on voting day. The army has often been accused of interfering in politics in Lesotho, a landlocked African country of two million people that has been hit by attempted coups and instability in recent years. "The nation, the voters and even the observers were surprised... they felt that some voters were intimidated," Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Tuoe Hantsi told reporters. "The law dictates who should be at the polling stations, and (the soldiers) caused confusion."

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