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Lesotho renegade soldier appears in court for murder

By Billy Ntaote Lesotho’s former army commander, Retired Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli (pictured) today briefly appeared before the high court on a charge of murder for the first time since his detention in October 2017. Kamoli, accompanied by his three co-accused members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), was told by Justice

Outcry Over ‘Unauthorised’ Exhumations

By MNNCIJ Reporters A ROW has erupted between Ha-Petlane villagers in Kolo and Reskol mine over the discovery that about 30 corpses of the community’s ancestors were exhumed allegedly without authorisation in May this year. The remains, which were stuffed into plastic bags and taken to a morgue in nearby Tšakholo are

Opposition gears for radical reforms

…wants PM prerogatives scrapped  By Billy Ntaote UNCHECKED powers vested on Prime Minister and unilateral exercise in appointment or dismissal of ministers, ambassadors; security, judiciary and state-owned enterprise heads, commissioners and other statutory positions remain the nitty-gritty of Lesotho political stalemate. Positions that have been caught up in the crisis mainly as tools

Of illicit drugs, rape and slavery

Lesotho’s heart-breaking story of women and girls trafficked  By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane Mojabeng ’Makhalalelo Mosebo (pictured) was sceptical but excited when she received an invitation for a ‘lucrative’ job interview from her cousin in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2009. She was told how she would join one of the successful clothing stores in

Metsing optimistic for home constituency victory

By Billy Ntaote Lesotho’s Deputy Prime Minister is upbeat that the country shall have a peaceful election and that all parties shall accept the election results including his Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) amid much speculation by critics that his electoral pact with Democratic Congress (DC) would not accept the polls

Minister’s family in dagga smuggling scandal

By Sechaba Mokhethi and Billy Ntaote The family of Lesotho’s deputy minister of health, ’Manthabiseng Phohleli, is embroiled in a drug-smuggling scandal after police found more than three and half tonnes of cannabis worth M5-million in a truck belonging to her husband as it crossed into South Africa. The truck and its

Milling company fails to show profit to government

By Billy Ntaote Last year the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism reported that a former Lesotho Flour Mills board member had condemned the company’s inability to generate sufficient profits to pay dividends as a deliberate strategy. Ramahoana Matlosa complained that the joint venture between government and the Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, which holds

LNDC rocked by severance pay row

Lekhetho Ntsukunyane LESOTHO National Development Corporation (LNDC) staff are at loggerheads with management over a combined M4 million severance package they should have received after being exempted from making severance pay contributions by the Department of Labour in May this year. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ) has learnt that the

Lethal Lesotho army

Sechaba Mokhethi and Billy Ntaote Allegations that members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) kidnapped, murdered and dumped three civilians in Mohale Dam earlier this year glaringly highlights how the LDF became  a law unto itself under former prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s administration. It is a legacy that continues to haunt Lesotho.

‘Lesotho Flour Mills milked dry’

. . . as major shareholder is accused of using offshore tax haven, transfer pricing By Billy Ntaote THE main shareholder for the country’s largest milling company, Lesotho Flour Mills (LFM), has been accused of using an offshore tax haven and transfer pricing to avoid paying its partner, the government, dividends over

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