Lesotho Rocked by Gunfire, Claims of Attempted Military Coup.
It’s not often that this tiny landlocked Southern African country becomes a trending topic on Twitter or makes global headlines, but today was not any ordinary day.
On Saturday morning, media outlets began reporting that eyewitnesses had heard sounds of gunfire in the capital Maseru. It was also alleged, ad now confirmed, that the country’s military had taken control of the kingdom’s police headquarters and jammed some of the country’s radio stations and telephone lines. So far, the military has not provided any statements to the media and the official news agency in the country, LENA, is yet to release any information.
In June this year, South Africa sent a “stern warning” to Lesotho concerning the rising instability in the country. This came following the suspension of the Lesotho’s parliament by the prime minister, with the king’s blessing, as the country’s coalition government was on the brink of collapse.
Currently in South Africa since Friday, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane has said that he plans to return to the country.
Independent since 1966, Lesotho has undergone several coups
The earliest known inhabitants of the country were the Khoisan who were colonized by the Sotho-Tswana people, know the ruling majority, between the third and 11th centuries.
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