Lesotho Military


The defense of Lesotho encompasses (2009) 2,000 men enlisted and is organized into seven companies as well as an air force section with light aircraft and four helicopters. The material is of Western origin. Defense costs rose from 4.6% to 5.0% of GDP in 1985-96, having decreased to 2.3% of GDP in 2007. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that LSO stands for Lesotho.

Lesotho Army

From June, the opposition boycotted Parliament in protest of the government’s lack of interest in investigating the death of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao. He was shot by soldiers after being removed from the post as commander of the military a month before. Thabane and two other opposition leaders then fled to South Africa. Due. the lack of security in the country and instability they were unable to return. In July, the SADC sent a commission of inquiry to the country to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of the general, but in October the commission had to give up its work due to the unwillingness to cooperate with the government and the military.

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Twenty-three soldiers suspected of being loyal to General Mahao were arrested in May 2015, subjected to torture and threatened to stand before a military court. In October the High Court ordered the soldiers released, but only 7 were released. In April 2016, an appeals court handed down an order that, contrary to the district court’s order, said the remaining should remain incarcerated – still without trial and verdict.

Tom Thabane and the other fugitive opposition politicians returned to Lesotho in February 2017 to take part in a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Mosisili. Mosisili then printed new elections, conducted in June. Thabanes ABC went 2 mandates up to 48, while Mosisilis went 17 back to 30. Thabanes ABC then formed a coalition government along with 3 other parties and Thabane himself as prime minister.