March 11, 1990 |
King Moshoeshoe II, stripped of authority over his tiny mountain kingdom, left for temporary exile in Britain on Saturday after refusing to endorse the actions of Lesotho's military ruler in a recent power struggle. Maj. Gen. Justin Lekhanya said in a radio broadcast that he had asked Moshoeshoe, 51, to take "a brief sabbatical in the United Kingdom, which would allow ample opportunity for reflection."
September 25, 1998 |
Soldiers from South Africa and Botswana moved to quell an outbreak of looting after suppressing mutinous Lesotho troops in this mountainous kingdom. The South African and Botswanan troops sparked riots after intervening Tuesday to thwart a mutiny by Lesotho troops. Lesotho's government requested the intervention two weeks ago amid a revolt by junior Lesotho military officers and strikes that paralyzed the capital, Maseru.
December 20, 1985 |
State-controlled Lesotho radio said South African commandos using silencer-fitted guns raided two homes in Maseru early today and killed nine people, some of them South African political refugees. The South African military denied that it raided this tiny, independent, black-ruled kingdom, which is ringed entirely by South Africa. "We categorically deny these allegations. We were not involved," army spokesman Commandant John Rolt said in Pretoria.
December 21, 1985 |
Nine South African political refugees, most of them members of the outlawed African National Congress, were shot to death early Friday in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. The government of Lesotho said the killers were South African army commandos, but South Africa denied it. Seven blacks--four women and three men--were killed at a party about 1 a.m.
December 28, 1985 |
South Africa on Friday admitted staging a raid on a black homeland near the Swaziland border in search of black nationalist guerrillas but denied that its forces had entered Swaziland. The Royal Swaziland police said a number of South African soldiers entered the tiny kingdom Christmas Eve near the southern Luvumisa border post and threatened to attack villagers if they sheltered guerrillas. An army spokesman in Pretoria firmly denied the report.
January 16, 1986 |
Security forces in armored cars blocked off government offices in this capital of the small kingdom of Lesotho for a few hours Wednesday, but the reason for the move remained a mystery as the day ended. The government of Chief Leabua Jonathan, Lesotho's prime minister for the last 20 years, said a bomb scare forced the evacuation of its main offices shortly before lunch, though a three-hour search turned up no bomb.