South African police escorted Lesotho’s beleaguered Prime Minister Thomas Thabane home yesterday (Wednesday).
An aide says the South Africans are still guarding the premier at his official residence in the capital Maseru.
Lesotho’s military denies it mounted a coup against Thabane who heads a disintegrating coalition government.
Last Saturday, Thomas Thabane fled into South Africa, which entirely surrounds Lesotho, saying he feared for his life from soldiers who were searching for him.
In Pretoria on Monday he negotiated a roadmap with South African President Jacob Zuma designed to restore stability to the kingdom.
It required him going home and recalling parliament, that he’s suspended since June, where he’ll face a no confidence motion.
Thabane delayed his return by a day after Lesotho police said they couldn’t protect him.
The premier’s aide Samonyane Ntsekele says Thabane’s safe and working from his residence seeking to ensure General Maaparankoe Mahao replaces General Tlali Kamoli as head of the army.
Thabane maintains Kamoli staged Saturday’s attempted coup.
The 15-nation Southern African Development Community has sent an observer team to Lesotho. But it’s rebuffed Thabane’s call on them to deploy peacekeepers.
The South African military’s denies it’s involved in protecting Lesotho officials, adding that any deployment in the kingdom will require a request from the regional body.