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2016-02-02 Army Chief Cannot Continue to Disobey a Court's Order
[AI London] Lesotho's Defence Force (LDF) chief should not be allowed to continue to disobey a court order, Amnesty International said today ahead of his court appearance for failure to comply with a High Court order to release 18 soldiers from military detention.

2016-02-01 Nation Faces Rule of Law Crisis, Says Rights Group
[SALC] On Monday 1 February 2016, two important events are scheduled in Lesotho that stand to have important effects on the country's prospects for peace and stability and to indicate the effectiveness of Southern African Development Community (SADC) processes and diplomacy.

2016-01-29 Biti Says He Will Drag Mugabe to Court Over Electoral Reforms
[New Zimbabwe] The opposition People's Democratic Party says it will soon approach the courts seeking an order to compel President Robert Mugabe to implement electoral reforms.

2016-01-28 Region's Food Crisis in Numbers
[IRIN] Nairobi -Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.

2016-01-28 Minister Malusi Gigaba - Media Briefing Post Meeting on Lesotho Special Permit
[SA Govt] Statement by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at the media briefing Post Meeting With Lesotho Home Affairs Minister Lekhetho Rakuane, on the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP)

2016-01-29 Minister Malusi Gigaba Visits Lindela Repatriation Centre
[SA Govt] The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba accompanied by the Minister of Home Affairs for Lesotho, Advocate Lekhetho Rakuane, will visit the Lindela Repatriation Centre today, 29 January 2016.

2016-01-29 Lesotho Special Permit Process to Commence in March
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday announced that the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) application process will start on 1 March 2016.

2016-01-27 Minister Malusi Gigaba Meets Lesotho Counterpart, Minister Lekhetho Rakuane, 28 Jan
[SA Govt] The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba will meet with the Minister of Home Affairs for Lesotho, Advocate Lekhetho Rakuane, in Pretoria on Thursday, 28 January 2016.

2016-01-26 Two Lesotho Nationals Arrested With Unlicenced Firearm and Ammunitions
[SAPS] The Phuthaditjhaba Crime Prevention members arrested two Lesotho nationals at Chris Hani Park near Phuthaditjhaba in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition during stop and search proactive crime prevention.

2016-01-25 Endangering Lawyers and the Rule of Law in Lesotho and Swaziland
[SALC] Friday 22 January is the international Day of the Endangered Lawyer. It is a day in which we draw focus on those in the legal profession who in representing their clients face harassment, persecution, injury and death. Events in the past year have highlighted the gravity of these concerns in Lesotho and Swaziland and how threats to the independence and safety of lawyers and legal profession so often mark a deepening disrespect for the rule of law.

2016-01-20 Khama Saves Lesotho From Sanctions
[The Patriot] President Ian Khama has managed to solve the impasse between Lesotho and SADC over the report on the Commission of Inquiry regarding the political crisis in the country.

2016-01-20 Lesotho Accepts Report
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The just ended Double Troika Summit ended in a sour note after Lesotho refused to receive a report of the commission of inquiry, citing an ongoing court case.

2016-01-19 Judicial Inquiry Calls for Firing of Defence Chiefs, Confirms Nyusi
[AIM] Maputo -Faced with the threat of suspension from SADC (Southern African Development Community), the government of Lesotho has reversed the position it took on Monday, and now says it will receive the report from a SADC Commission of Inquiry looking into the assassination last June of the former head of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). Brig Maaparankoe Mahao.

2016-01-20 SADC Double Troika Calls for Suspension of Lesotho
[AIM] Gaborone -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi told reporters in Gaborone on Monday that the "double troika" of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has decided to propose the suspension of Lesotho from the organization to the next summit of SADC heads of state and government,

2016-01-19 Inside the Summit on Lesotho
[The Patriot] President Ian Khama is said to have shown his leadership mettle when he reprimanded Lesotho Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili during the SADC Double Troika Extra ordinary summit which was discussing the report on the Lesotho crisis.

2016-01-20 SADC Ultimatum for Lesotho
[The Herald] THE Sadc Double Troika Extraordinary Summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, on Monday gave the Kingdom of Lesotho an ultimatum to publish a report of the Commission of Inquiry that investigated the death of former Lesotho army commander Maaparankoe Mahao in June last year.

2016-01-20 Lesotho Must Implement Recommendations
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Double Troika has urged Lesotho government to implement recommendations of a report of the Commission of Inquiry.

2016-01-19 Regional Leaders Challenge Lesotho Over Lack of Reform
[SADC] 1. The Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on 18 January 2016.

2016-01-18 Maseru Heads for Fall-Out With Region Over Killing of Army Leader
[allAfrica] Southern African leaders have called off efforts to mediate Lesotho's political crisis and are set to suspend the country's government from the regional inter-governmental grouping.

2016-01-19 SADC Suspends Activities in Lesotho
[News24Wire] The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has decided to suspend its activities in Lesotho after a meeting in Botswana failed to reach an agreement regarding the inquiry into the death of Lesotho's former army commander, Maaparankoe Mahao.

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