Lesotho: Mahao says military action is imminent
Mahao says efforts to negotiate with the renegade Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli have failed.
JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho's Army Commander Maaparankoe Mahao on Sunday said military action is now the only option against a general accused of masterminding an attempted coup.
Mahao says efforts to negotiate with the renegade Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli after the coup bid have failed.
Kamoli who was removed from his post as army chief by Prime Minister Tom Thabane a little over a week ago has refused to step down.
Mahao has appealed to South African Development Community (SADC) countries for assistance to arrest the embattled former army chief.
Kamoli has taken control of Lesotho's elite Special Forces Unit and the military's intelligence division, apparently in preparation for a possible stand-off.
He's been accused of destabilising the country to avoid facing corruption charges involving millions of rands.
The military under his command has attacked a host of police stations and his successor Mahao's home, and has been fingered in last week's attempted coup.
Mahou says Kamoli has refused all attempts to negotiate a truce and they are left with no option but to use force.