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Former Lesotho PM flees to Botswana

For the second time in months Tom Thabane has fled Lesotho fearing for his life.

FILE: Tom Thabane. Picture: AFP.

GABORONE - For a second time in months Tom Thabane has fled Lesotho fearing for his life.

When still prime minister of the mountain kingdom, he crossed into South Africa last year saying the military was planning to kill him during a coup bid.

This week as leader of the opposition he sought refuge in Botswana.

Thabane said he's investigated the matter and believes his life is under threaten.

It's not clear who he's seeing there and how long he'll be staying.

Thabane sought refuge in Pretoria last year, triggering a regional mediation effort headed by President Jacob Zuma.

That led to early elections in Lesotho where he was defeated by Pakalitha Mosisili.

In September last year the regional police guard protecting Thabane was increased.

There were reports of Namibia deploying a special unit to Maseru.

A tactical South African police unit went back home with Thabane when he ended his brief exile in South Africa after an abortive coup at the end of August.