It may be a new year and a new decade, but in Lesotho it’s the same old, same old. Just one day had been torn from the 2020 calendar when Prime Minister Tom Thabane and police commissioner Holomo Molibeli began an exchange that, while alarming to outsiders, is typical of politics in that country.

On January 2, most people would have been getting over the excesses of the previous day. Not acting government secretary Emmanuel Lesoma, however. He wrote to Molibeli, conveying Thabane’s orders that he immediately "proceed on leave".

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