Zuma travels to Lesotho for peace talks

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will travel to Lesotho on Tuesday for talks aimed at bringing peace to the country.

This comes as reports say that Lesotho’s former military commander, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, has taken control of the country's elite Special Forces Unit, allegedly in preparation for a possible standoff.

Kamoli has refused to step down as the commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, despite being fired for alleged corruption involving millions of Rands. He is accused of masterminding last month’s coup in which saw a police man was killed and Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fleeing to South Africa. The army said it had not tried to oust Thabane but rather moved against the police who were suspected of planning to arm a political faction

The former commander has now reportedly seized an unknown number of weapons from state armouries.

The tension reportedly stems from a power struggle between Thabane, who is supported by the police, and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who has the loyalty of the army. Thabane has accused Metsing of orchestrating the coup, suspended parliament in June amid feuding in the two-year-old governing coalition.

Photo caption: SEEKING PEACE... The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will travel to Lesotho on Tuesday for talks aimed at bringing peace to the country.