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Reports: Foreign mercenaries planning to kill Lesotho PM

The alleged mercenaries have reportedly accessed a stash of weapons waiting for them in Lesotho.

FILE: An immigration sign at the Maseru Border gate in Lesotho. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho police are probing claims that foreign mercenaries are planning to kill Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

It's alleged a dozen Nigerian and Ghanaian hired guns have slipped into the mountain kingdom through its porous border with South Africa.

Senior Lesotho officials say they're investigating efforts to further destabilise their country shaken by an abortive coup attempt at the end of August.

Police say King Letsie III and Thabane have cancelled public engagements and several government offices have been evacuated.

The alleged mercenaries have reportedly accessed a stash of weapons waiting for them in Lesotho.

Renegade General Tlali Kamoli who's taken to the mountains with some Special Forces members, has until Saturday to leave the country to earn the pension negotiated by special regional facilitator, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Last week, a top Lesotho defence official had alleged that Kamoli, who masterminded the abortive coup in the mountain kingdom, continues to sabotage efforts to restore peace and stability.

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

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

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

He maintained 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.