Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

It’s been a year since Lipolelo Thabane, then the estranged wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, was shot dead at her home and still there’s been no closure on the case. The 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was killed on June 14, 2017  – immediately prior to Thabane’s inauguration  – in Ha Masana,…

Lesotho court rules criminal defamation violates constitution

At a time when press freedoms are under fire in many African nations, the small southern kingdom of Lesotho took a big step forward this week as the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that criminal defamation – in this case involving a journalist – is unconstitutional. The case centered on publisher…

Naomi Campbell helps launch Lesotho HIV initiative

The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, this week unveiled a new tool to better manage HIV and health programming in the small southern African kingdom – one that’s getting a little star-power energy from activist Naomi Campbell. The Lesotho HIV and health “situation room” platform shows real-time service delivery…

SADC extends SAPMIL’s peacekeeping role in Lesotho

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has extended the mandate of the Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) peacekeeping troops from May until November 2018, the 16-nation body said in a communiqué released Tuesday. The SADC decision came during a summit in the Angolan capital of Luanda attended by Prime Minister Tom…

SADC peacekeeper chief says Lesotho is making progress

The Angolan leader of a peacekeeping operation deployed to Lesotho in late November by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said he’s pleased with the progress to date. Matias Bertino Matondo, head of Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL), told Angop that the political climate was tense when he arrived with…

Delayed SADC peacekeeper mission in Lesotho to begin Saturday

A delayed peacekeeping operation in Lesotho is set for an official deployment launch on Saturday, according to the Southern African Development Community. The SADC said forces from neighboring countries continued to arrive head of the deadline, which was originally set for November 1 but changes to the mission, including the…

SADC turns attention from Lesotho crisis to Mugabe

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) held an emergency meeting in Botswana Thursday to focus on the crisis in Zimbabwe, subsequently issuing a statement expressing their concern over “the unconstitutional removal of democratically elected governments.” Representatives of Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia met to consider the unfolding situation in…

SADC begins sending peacekeepers to Lesotho ahead of Nov. 1 deadline

Peacekeeping troops are headed for Lesotho ahead of a November 1 deadline set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for a 1,000-strong force to assist in stabilizing the small kingdom. The SADC peacekeepers include 250 members of the Namibian Defence Force, according to the country’s international relations minister. Netumbo…

Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

In early August, Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho promised that the small southern African kingdom would stop being the “bad boys” of the region and its 16-nation Southern African Development Community. “Enough is enough,” Thabane said, as he vowed to move forward with a framework for comprehensive reforms that…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times