oa Africa Insight - Lesotho: The rise and fall of military-monarchy power-sharing: 1986-1990

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



On the morning of February 19th 1990 three members of Lesotho's Military Council, Colonels Sekhobe, Thaabe Letsie and Khethang Mosoeuyane and a member of the Council of Ministers, Colonel Monyane Mokhantso, were arrested. On the following day, the Chairman of the Military Council and Council of Ministers, His Excellency Major-General Lekhanya, issued a statement saying that he had found it ""imperative"" to remove these four officers, three reasons necessitating his move: first, to put an end to insubordination in the army; second, to prevent possible interference in the conduct of judicial investigations; and third, to improve the conduct and coherence of Lesotho's foreign policy.

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