Reports: Efforts to sabotage Lesotho continue

A defence official says the mastermind behind the abortive coup is still active.

Street vendors in the streets of Maseru, Lesotho. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A top Lesotho defence official alleges a general who masterminded an abortive coup in the mountain kingdom continues to sabotage efforts to restore peace and stability.

The country was left rattled after the attempted coup in late August which prompted Southern African Development Community (SADC) to intervene.

The official is saying the region must take steps to remove Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli.

The defence ministry's principal secretary Thato Mohasoa accuses Kamoli of harassing rivals and marshaling forces, despite his promise to relinquish his command.

Mohasoa's written to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who's the regional facilitator in Lesotho.

He says SADC must use all means at their disposal to get rid of Kamoli, whose followers have assaulted a military commander.

He maintains the renegade general is still claiming he's the substantive commander of the Lesotho Defence Force and is holding meetings with soldiers about use of resources.