Lesotho
  • 2019 AFCON: Cape Verde vs Lesotho qualifier rescheduled for 22 March
    18 january 2019 17:38:16
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rescheduled, by 24 hours, the final qualifying match between Cape Verde and Lesotho for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), holding in Egypt. Full text...
  • Lesotho gripped in economic shock from declining revenues of SACU
    06 september 2018 06:40:09
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) – Lesotho authorities must focus efforts on addressing the public sector wage bill, which is one of the largest in the world compared to the size of the economy, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission has recommended at the end of a two-week visit to the country’s capital, Maseru, to discuss the authorities’ economic and financial programme and possible financial support by the Fund. Full text...
  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Zambia, Lesotho through to semi-finals
    02 june 2018 19:22:40
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Zambia and Lesotho on Saturday Full text...
  • Lesotho Electoral Commission team visits ECONEC
    25 april 2018 15:45:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission, led by Dr Letholetseny Austeria Ntsike, its Director of Elections, visited the Abuja Secretariat of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Wednesday, as part the six-member delegation’s tour of The Electoral Institute, an arm of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), where ECONEC Secretariat is located. Full text...
  • Lesotho’s fiscal sustainability depends on reduction of high public wage bill - IMF
    24 february 2018 08:49:31
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) – While Lesotho has grown faster than its regional peers over the last decade, partly driven by capital intensive mining and infrastructure projects, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and inequality persist, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • Contingent forces deployment for Lesotho deferred
    24 november 2017 15:31:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has allayed fears that the regional body is not committed to ensure peace in Lesotho.Full text...
  • Lesotho: Rights group slams Lesotho for journalist's arrest
    16 september 2017 10:40:52
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lesotho authorities for arresting the owner of a radio station in the southern Africa country and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Full text...
  • South Africa: Pretoria summit to address impasse in Lesotho
    14 september 2017 14:47:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa will host a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Pretoria on Friday, to address the recent political and security turmoil in Lesotho following the assassination of defence force Lt.-Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso last week. Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma condemns high-profile Lesotho assassination
    06 september 2017 11:04:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has condemned Wednesday’s killing of Lesotho's army commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso.Full text...
  • Botswana: SADC condemns assassination of Lesotho Defence Force chief
    06 september 2017 09:56:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has strongly condemned Tuesday's assassination of the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU condemns assassination of incoming PM's wife in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 19:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has been shocked and saddened by the assassination of Lipolelo Alice Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s incoming Prime Minister at Ha Masana village, in the outskirts of the capital, Maseru, on 14 June 2017. Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Thabane's inauguration in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 15:38:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will Friday attend the inauguration ceremony of the Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane, despite the fact that his wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead in the Ha Masana village outside the Lesotho capital Maseru. Full text...
  • Lesotho: SADC urges reforms in Lesotho to facilitate political stability
    05 june 2017 19:35:17
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Lesotho's incoming government should undertake time-bound wide constitutional, judicial, legislative, security sector, public sector and media sector reforms in order to depoliticize and stabilize the governing system, according to one of the recommendations announced on Monday by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission to the 2017 National Assembly elections held on Saturday.Full text...
  • Lesotho: Quash mutiny charges against Lesotho soldiers - Rights group demands
    01 march 2017 21:52:50
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Amnesty International is asking the Lesotho government to quash mutiny charges against all 23 Lesotho Defence Forces who were detained on mutiny charges in 2015. Full text...
  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Lesotho aim to boost military cooperation
    22 august 2016 17:51:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Lesotho on Monday agreed to strengthen military cooperation following talks held the same day in Kigali between Rwanda's Chief of Defence Staff, General Patrick Nyamvumba and visiting Lesotho Defence Force commander, Lt.Gen. Kennedy Tlali Kamoli.Full text...
  • US: US govt concerned over escalating press intimidation in Lesotho
    16 july 2016 16:31:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday said it is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the 9 July shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor, Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri. Full text...
  • Senegal: CPJ wants credible investigation into shooting of Journalist in Lesotho
    14 july 2016 13:26:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Lesotho authorities should launch a credible investigation into the shooting of veteran editor, Lloyd Mutungamiri, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...
  • Lesotho: Rights group calls for thorough investigation into Lesotho Army chief's killing
    26 june 2016 07:06:38
    Maseru, Lesotho, (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Lesotho to ensure that the criminal investigation into the killing of the former army chief, Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao, by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is thorough and pursued vigorously without undue delay. Full text...
  • Lesotho: Rights group demands fair trial for soldiers
    29 april 2016 17:00:56
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - A court ruling that allows the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to continue to keep 16 soldiers detained raises further serious concerns about their ability to have a fair trial, human rights group, Amnesty International, said on Friday following a decision announced by the Lesotho Court of Appeal. Full text...
  • South Africa: Law society targets Maseru
    24 february 2016 05:18:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) on Tuesday repeated its call to the Lesotho authorities to cease their harassment and intimidation of lawyers, particularly those involved in the defence of 23 soldiers accused of alleged mutiny last year. Full text...
  • Tanzania: IMF stresses need for more inclusive growth in Lesotho
    02 september 2015 17:12:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Lesotho faces a challenging economic outlook, and growth for 2015 is expected to slow to about 2½ percent, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission that Wednesday concluded a two week visit to Maseru, the southern African country's capital. Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa resumes peace talks in Lesotho
    30 july 2015 11:47:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday departed for Lesotho where he will brief the country's leaders on the establishment of a SADC-led Commission of Inquiry into the recent developments in the country, including the killing of former army General Maaparankoe Mahao. Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa dispatched to Lesotho for urgent talks
    30 june 2015 11:21:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently dispatched to Lesotho to hold talks with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili following a fresh wave of violence that is threatening the stability of the mountain kingdom. Full text...
  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of former Lesotho military commander
    27 june 2015 06:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General has condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near the capital, Maseru. Full text...
  • Tanzania: IFAD financing to boost wool, mohair production in Lesotho
    17 june 2015 16:47:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –Lesotho and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday signed an agreement for a US$5.8 million loan, a $5.8 million IFAD Debt Sustainability Framework grant and an additional $7 million grant from IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) to finance the Wool and Mohair Promotion Project (WAMPP). Full text...
  • Algeria: Algeria, Lesotho set to strengthen bilateral relations
    29 may 2015 18:20:36
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Algeria and Lesotho on Friday expressed their common will to strengthen bilateral relations and solidarity, according to a joint communiqué issued at the end of a state visit to Algeria by King Letsie III of Lesotho. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AUC chief congratulates new PM of Lesotho
    17 march 2015 16:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated Lesotho's newly appointed Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili who assumed his new responsibilities Tuesday. Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho following snap election
    04 march 2015 10:36:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday returned to Maseru, as efforts continue to form a ruling coalition in the aftermath of Full text...
  • UN: UN chief lauds Lesotho's peaceful elections
    02 march 2015 07:45:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Lesotho on the peaceful conduct of the country's parliamentary elections, held on 28 Feb.Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa in Lesotho for election talks
    13 february 2015 15:53:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday arrived in Lesotho as part of the regional efforts to consolidate peace and security in the country, PANA reported from here. Full text...
  • UN: Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace
    10 december 2014 21:21:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho, to be held on 28 Feb. next year.Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa wraps up latest trip to Lesotho
    02 december 2014 15:00:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday concluded his ninth visit to Maseru, Lesotho, in his capacity as the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help create peace and stability in the country. Full text...
  • US: IMF says political, security challenges affect Lesotho's economic growth
    26 november 2014 20:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said Lesotho's economic growth is being affected by the country's current political and security situation, Full text...
  • South Africa: Ramaphosa attends Lesotho's re-opening of Parliament
    17 october 2014 09:29:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning departed for Maseru to attend the opening of the Lesotho Parliament reconvened by King Letsie III. Full text...
  • South Africa: Deputy PM returns to Lesotho to address political impasse
    30 september 2014 12:06:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday arrived in Lesotho for further mediation to bring stability to the country, the Office of the South African Presidency has confirmed.Full text...
  • South Africa: Deputy President returns to Lesotho for talks
    22 september 2014 07:30:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to return to Maseru, Lesotho, later on Monday to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy in the country. Full text...
  • South Africa: Deputy President flies to Lesotho to address impasse
    18 september 2014 11:25:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Lesotho Facilitator for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Thursday morning departed for Maseru to address the political impasse in the kingdom. Full text...
  • South Africa: Breakthrough in Pretoria talks on Lesotho
    16 september 2014 12:19:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Regional leaders from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday confirmed that Lesotho will hold elections earlier than scheduled in 2017, in order to end the stand-off that resulted in an attempted coup last month. Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma to address stand-off in Lesotho
    08 september 2014 11:46:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will travel to Maseru on Tuesday to try end the impasse between political leaders after Prime Minister Tom Thabane accused renegade army general Tlali Kamoli of refusing to step down. Full text...
  • South Africa: Lesotho PM still in SA despite talks breakthrough
    03 september 2014 09:22:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane, who fled over the weekend, remains in South Africa despite a Pretoria-brokered agreement between feuding parties that paved the way for his return.Full text...
  • US: Resolve your disagreements through dialogue, US tells Lesotho
    02 september 2014 09:42:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has called on the parties to the crisis in Lesotho to resolve their differences through dialogue, instead of the use of force. Full text...
  • UN: Ban voices concern over reported military takeover in Lesotho
    01 september 2014 15:04:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma meets Lesotho's feuding politicians
    01 september 2014 11:24:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has summoned Lesotho’s political leaders for emergency talks, following this weekend’s coup which saw Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fleeing to South Africa amid fears for his safety.Full text...
  • Ethiopia: Narrow choices for quick fix after 'bloodless coup' in Lesotho (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent, Addis Ababa)
    01 september 2014 08:25:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the South African government's rejection of an "unconstitutional change of government" in Lesotho has confirmed the weekend events in Maseru as a "bloodless coup," analysts said. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU rejects Lesotho coup bid, calls for political dialogue
    31 august 2014 08:34:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) warned Sunday it would not tolerate an unconstitutional change of government in Lesotho, several hours after Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to exile in South Africa, alleging a military coup against his government. Full text...
  • South Africa: 'South African troops rescued Lesotho PM'
    31 august 2014 08:22:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African special forces crossed the Lesotho border on Saturday to rescue beleaguered Prime Minister Tom Thabane shortly before his Lesotho house was raided during an attempted coup, the Sunday Times reported Sunday. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU monitoring situation in Lesotho after coup bid 
    30 august 2014 21:54:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is monitoring the prevailing situation in Lesotho, after a coup attempt that forced Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to neighbouring South Africa, where he declared the government's ouster. Full text...
  • 2015 AYC: Nigeria through to Africa Youth final, Lesotho disqualified
    19 august 2014 11:42:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nigeria has qualified for the final tournament of the Orange African Youth Championship – Senegal 2015, after Lesotho was declared losers for failing to show up for the third-round, first-leg clas, scheduled for Saturday in the north Central Kaduna. Full text...
  • 2015 AFCON: Olum, Bwamy jet in for Kenya's match against Lesotho
    30 july 2014 14:27:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US-based defender Lawrence Olum and striker Christian Bwamy, who plays for Norwegian side FK Follo, are the foreign-based Kenyan players who reported to camp Wednesday morning ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Lesotho. Full text...
  • AFCON 2015: Kenya off to Lesotho for qualifier
    18 july 2014 15:28:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's senior national team, the Harambee Stars, flew out to Maseru Friday morning for Sunday's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations second-round, first-leg qualifying match against Lesotho. Full text...

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