Lesotho: How the Gupta Family Hijacked (And Then Lost) a Lesotho Diamond Mine
In August 2014 Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane appointed Atul Gupta as an "economic investment envoy". Thabane said ANC President Jacob Zuma had introduced him to the Gupta… Read more »
Southern Africa: Lesotho - SADC Decides On a Much Smaller Stabilising Force
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) decided on Thursday to send a force of just 250 troops to help stabilise Lesotho - far fewer than the 1,200 Lesotho had requested… Read more »
Southern Africa: Peacekeeping Troops' Arrival Imminent, State Insists
The Lesotho government insists a four-nation regional peacekeeping force will be deployed in the country by the 1 November deadline despite hiccups and disagreements. By PETER… Read more »
Lesotho: Lesotho - Chief Justice's Continued Sub-Lease of Judge's Mansion in High-End Maseru Suburb Under Scrutiny
A sub-lease under which Lesotho's Chief Justice, Nthomeng Majara, occupied a lavish Maseru mansion belonging to High Court judge Teboho Moiloa continues to be in force despite a… Read more »
Southern Africa: SADC Dithers Again in Mission to Send Peacekeeping Force Into Tense Lesotho
The deployment of a regional peacekeeping force to Lesotho has been further delayed, even as the need for it seems to be growing after the arrest and detention on a murder charge… Read more »
Lesotho: Lesotho - Political Tensions Run High Following Army Shootings
Lesotho, the volatile mountain kingdom in South Africa's belly, exploded into political violence again on Tuesday as an army commander and two senior officers were killed in a… Read more »
Lesotho: Main Shareholder of a Large Company Accused of 'Extensive Manipulation of Financial Statements'
The main shareholder of Lesotho's largest milling company, Lesotho Flour Mills, has been accused of using an offshore tax haven and transfer pricing to avoid paying its partner,… Read more »
Lesotho: Lesotho - No Coup On Our Watch, Says South Africa
The South African government has issued a very clear and blunt warning that it would not tolerate a military coup in troubled Lesotho. Read more »
Southern Africa: SADC Wrap - Lesotho Votes and Dos Santos Returns
From across southern Africa - KRISTEN VAN SCHIE brings you a weekly round-up of news making regional waves. Read more »
Lesotho: Orderly Election Marked By Unsettling Military Presence
Lesotho's snap election this weekend passed quietly, calmly and without incident... All except for those looming soldiers, that is. By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE. Read more »
Lesotho: Elections - Maturing Democracy or a Failure of Institutions?
When Tom Thabane and the All Basotho Convention (ABC) took power after the 2012 elections, it marked the first peaceful transfer of power in Lesotho's relatively brief history. It… Read more »
Lesotho: The Bureaucratisation of Politicians in Lesotho
Politically tense times, and the gunshots that accompany them, are growing more routine in Lesotho as it faces snap elections that are likely to lead its second coalition… Read more »
November 08, 2016
Southern Africa: Can SADC Pass the Lesotho-Test?
At the end of October, the Lesotho Court of Appeal gave judgment in an important case relating to efforts by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to bring peace to… Read more »
October 18, 2016
Lesotho: Is Joburg Really Drinking Lesotho Dry?
Recent articles in the Mail & Guardian warn South Africans that using too much water has a disastrous impact on "people making sacrifices somewhere far away". But if… Read more »
October 04, 2016
Lesotho: Lesotho At 50 - the Politics of Dysfunction or the Dysfunction of Politics?
As the Mountain Kingdom nears the 50th anniversary of its declared independence from the United Kingdom, it appears that Lesotho faces a crisis in its military and political… Read more »
July 24, 2016
Lesotho: A Lesotho Reporter Recounts Hours of Tense and Intimidating Interrogation
The trouble started at about 17:00 on June 23, when my phone rang while I was having my hair done at Maseru's My Vision salon. It was a police officer, Senior Superintendent Teboho… Read more »
June 26, 2016
Lesotho: Trouble in the Mountain Kingdom
Saturday 25 June marked one year since the former commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao, was shot and killed by members of his own… Read more »
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