Events in Lesotho point to poor prospects for political stability

Via: The Conversation Africa

In 2017 the estranged wife of Lesotho’s prime minister Tom Thabane was shot dead in suspicious circumstances two days ahead of his inauguration. Now there’s a new twist in the saga: on 11 January authorities issued an arrest warrant for his current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, in connection with the murder. The scandal has erupted amid a bitter dispute within Thabane’s All Basotho Convention and has culminated in his resignation. Lesotho’s current malaise goes back to the assassination of the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao in June 2015. Mahao had been promoted to the post by Thabane in place of Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli. The assassination resulted in intervention by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which launched an initiative to bring peace, stability and good governance to Lesotho. The aim was to try and keep the peace and bring about stability.

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C.A.R. ex-president says returned “in spirit of appeasement and search for peace”

Via: CGTN Africa

Former Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has reiterated that his return to the country is in good faith, amid growing concerns that he will run in the upcoming elections. Bozize, 73, returned to his country in December 2019 after more than six years in self-imposed exile after he was overthrown by a coalition of mainly Muslim armed groups. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the former president said his party would decide on whether he will be its candidate in the December poll. “I returned in a spirit of appeasement and search for peace, contrary to what some propaganda has tried to be spread in recent days,” he added. The United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Bozize a year after his ouster, accusing the former leader of “engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR.”

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Ethiopia hails progress in ties with China

Via: CGTN Africa

The Ethiopian government has hailed the Ethiopia-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership as the two countries embark on a series of activities to mark the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations. “The diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and China have been growing ever since the two countries established official diplomatic ties back in the 1970s,” the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued over the weekend. It added that the Ethiopia-China ties have over the years strengthened across various sectors, mainly following the decision among the two countries’ governments to elevate bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership back in 2017.

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