Lesotho. In February, soldiers from the government army
were forced to intervene against police who made a mutiny in
Lesotho's capital Maseru. According to
Countryaah, the police, who were accused of
murdering three colleagues in 1995, had entrenched
themselves in a police house for a week and a half. They
were arrested without any harm.
In March, Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle was appointed
leader of the ruling party Basotho Congress Party (BCP). He
was accused of neglecting his duties. However, the Supreme
Court decided in April to annul the decision, which meant
that Mokhehle could stay at his post until party leader
elections could be held. In June, however, Mokhehle
announced that he would start a new party, The Lesotho
Congress for Democracy (LCD). The leaders of the country's
opposition parties condemned the formation of the new party
and labeled it as a coup on the part of Mokhehle. The
opposition also demanded that general elections be held as
soon as possible. Despite political turmoil, Mokhehle could
still remain as prime minister.
At the end of October, Letsie III was crowned king. The
coronation took place at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru.
However, he had already sworn office in 1996 since his
father, King Moshoeshoe II, died in a traffic accident.
Letsie also held the throne for a short time in the early
1990s when the father was forced into exile after a coup