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Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million. The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”. “Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letseng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, including the 603 carat Lesotho Promise,” Gem Diamonds chief executive Clifford ElphickRead More
Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) When rival officers gunned down Lesotho’s army chief and were then killed by his bodyguards, hopes that the mountain kingdom had escaped its cycle of violence also perished. The shoot-out this week at a military barracks in the capital Maseru underscored the struggle between the military and politicians over who is in control. Elections in June were meant to be a fresh start after years of efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional group to strengthen democratic governance in the tiny nation engulfed by SouthRead More
Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) Lesotho’s army commander was shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks Tuesday, an official told AFP, in an assassination likely to revive instability in the mountainous African kingdom. The two senior officers behind the attack were also killed in the gunfight with Khoantle Motsomotso’s bodyguards, just two months after elections meant to usher in a new era of peace. “They attempted to forcefully enter his office. There was a shoot-out between the two… and the commander’s bodyguards,” a military official who declined to be namedRead More
Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) Lesotho authorities are investigating a security breach after wire-tapping gadgets were discovered in the office of the new prime minister earlier this week, an official said Saturday. Recording equipment was found planted under Thomas Thabane’s desk and near his office landline, just six weeks after he took office following his party’s victory in snap elections last month. “It is true that there were bugging devices found in the prime minister’s office and as we speak investigations to establish who is behind this are ongoing,” the premier’s spokesmanRead More
Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) In a cottage in rural Lesotho, Tisetso Litheko lays out six full passports packed with immigration stamps showing his constant movement across the border to neighbouring South Africa. The 31-year-old former shepherd is one of more than 400,000 Lesotho nationals who live for much of the year in South Africa, forced by decades of a lack of work in the small mountain kingdom to seek a livelihood elsewhere. “Moving to South Africa was something I could not avoid. I had very few options here in Lesotho,” LithekoRead More