The ongoing drama involving open conflict between political and judicial leaders in Lesotho continued this week and there is no sign that anyone is about to relent. Three potentially explosive challenges have been brought to court over the last few days, one of them a late-night urgent application. Two are for appeal while one is to be heard in the high court. All of them involve the judiciary probing highly sensitive political and judicial issues and raise questions of judicial independence.
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The story so far. Lesotho’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane has served notice on Court of Appeal President, Kanenelo Mosito, saying he should give reasons why he should not be suspended pending an inquiry into whether he should be impeached.
In that notice, Thabane quoted from a letter by acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase to Judge Mosito complaining, among others, about steps he had taken that she claimed undermined the office of the CJ.