February 14, 1995 |
The problem with the American flag had been spotted, and it was turned right side up. Cub Scouts sporting woolly loincloths and porcupine-quill headdresses had taken their places. The audience in Maseru's soccer stadium was ready for a bizarre episode in the history of the small kingdom of Lesotho, high in the mountains of southern Africa: the abdication of a king in favor of his father.
February 20, 1990 |
Lesotho's military ruler, Maj. Gen. Justin Metsing Lekhanya, appeared to be in full control of the small southern African nation after a day of upheaval and confusion. Information Minister Vincent Malebo told a news conference in Maseru that Lekhanya will soon announce some government changes, but he gave no details. Earlier, the offices of the ruling six-member Military Council, headed by Lekhanya, were ringed by heavily armed troops and armored vehicles for about an hour.
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.