Urgent efforts underway to resolve Lesotho crisis

An urgent meeting is reportedly underway as efforts continue to resolve the 'political crisis' in Lesotho.

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JOHANNESBURG - Another urgent meeting is reportedly underway in South Africa, as efforts continue to resolve what has been described as a political crisis in Lesotho.

South Africa has taken the lead in negotiations between the country's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and other members of the coalition government.

Claims of an attempted assassination on top military commander Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao has shaken the mountain kingdom and is now threatening to plunge it into further turmoil.

Gunmen reportedly attacked Mahao's Maseru home on Sunday, deepening a seeming battle for control of the military.

Thabane fled to South Africa on Saturday.

The apparent attack on Mahao was reportedly unsuccessful and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Mahao had been appointed head of the Lesotho defence force by Thabane, shortly before he was forced to flee.

Previous commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli was accused of leading a coup attempt against him, a charge the military denies.

As lives returned to normal on Sunday, it was still unclear who was in charge of the country since Thabane fled.

However this concern of mass anti-government demonstration planned for today could turn violent.

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Meanwhile, a breakdown in trust between the coalition partners of the Lesotho government has been cited as a possible reason for the attempted military coup.

The country's armed forces occupied key buildings in the capital.

Thabane dissolved the nation's Parliament earlier this year, ahead of an apparent vote of no confidence in him.

Lesotho's Congress for Democracy, which services in the coalition government, has accused Thabane of mobilising the country's police to attack a march planned for today.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researcher Dimpho Motsamai says the mistrust between these partners has led to the current situation.

"The coalition partners do not agree on the modalities for government and there is a breakdown in trust and communication between the partners, that then sees Thabane making decisions unilaterally."