|Street vendor sells newspapers headlined
"Lesotho in turmoil coup attempt" in Maseru, Lesotho.
In the past week, the Prime Minister fled the country, police services have been suspended, radio stations corrupted, and news reports contradictory. Some foreign embassies are evacuating citizens and many more have issued a red flag. But who knows what is really happening!
|A Lesotho Defence Force member displays arms
confiscated from police at army barracks in Maseru.
In June, Lesotho’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy party (LCD) Mothetjoa Metsing suddenly announced that he would be removing his party from a three-way political coalition that had brought Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to power two-years ago. Thabane, in retaliation, suspended parliament and effectively avoided any vote of no-confidence that could threaten his leadership. South African President Jacob Zuma travelled to Lesotho to host talks with the country’s leaders to find some middle ground; however, two months later it seems Zuma’s talks did little to quell discontent.
Government spokesman Ramakhula Ramakhula says Thabane had sought a military intervention by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Lesotho to restore order. Apparently Metsing opposed the proposal, arguing there was “no serious problem” in the southern African kingdom. Which man is telling the truth? You can see the confusion!
The TTLF Fellow is a representative of the North American organisation The Tiny Lives Foundation. Based for one year in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, the TTLF Fellow serves in an administrative support capacity for the Basotho charity TTL.