Concern over possible coup in Lesotho

2014-06-19 14:52
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Picture: Sapa)

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town – The South African government has reportedly expressed concern over a possible coup in Lesotho, amid reports of increased military presence in Maseru.

Unconfirmed reports said there was a build-up of the military in the capital of the country.

This comes after reports last week indicated all was not well in the southern African country, with the Lesotho Times saying a political pact of three political parties that gave birth to the country's first ever coalition government had effectively collapsed.

The report said the development had plunged the Kingdom into a new era of political uncertainty.

Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who is also leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), blamed the failure of the political pact on Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), whom he accused of ubiquitously making unilateral decisions to the exclusion of his coalition partners, the report said.

The political pact was formed in June 2012 after the previous month's general election had failed to produce a single party with a majority win of parliamentary seats.

Read some of the tweets below.

eNCA tweeted on Thursday that the SA government was aware of the possibility of a coup in the neighbouring country.
eNCA also tweeted that International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane had indicated SA was not sending troops, but is monitoring the situation carefully.
Other Twitter users also fuelled the speculation about a coup, with Nhlalwenhle Ndlovu tweeting:
AFP's Southern Africa news editor Andrew Beatty however tweeted that the rumours appeared premature.

- News24
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