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Minister, PS spat threatens health system

. . . as Tšepong shuts down some wards KANANELO BOLOETSE  A three-way spat between Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi, the ministry’s Principal Secretary (PS) ‘Mole Khumalo, and the management of Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH), is threatening to plunge the already poor national healthcare system into deeper disarray. Khumalo, earlier this year,

Metsing thrown lifeline

…as opposition and government ink peace accord Billy Ntaote In a regional facilitator brokered deal, opposition and government on Tuesday this week smoked the peace pipe and inked to put-on-hold all criminal charges against opposition leaders and other persons in exile. A development that gives former Deputy Prime Minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, Pictured, and

Government-Opposition New Deal in full

Memorandum of Understanding signed by Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki (pictured) and Official Leader of Opposition Mathibeli Mokhothu (pictured). Whereas all political parties and extra-parliamentary stakeholders in the Kingdom of Lesotho convened in a National Leaders Forum in Lesotho on 23 and 24 August 2018. And further Whereas the parties agreed to

Government put neck on the block for Tšepong

KANANELO BOLOETSE An over M600 million loan that was provided by the Development Bank of South Africa to partly finance construction of the Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital was underwritten by government yet the debt was registered as a private sector contribution. This is revealed in a new Eurodad report published on Monday

PM in frantic bid to stabilise judiciary

KANANELO BOLOETSE A protracted judicial crisis in Lesotho has left Prime Minister Thomas Thabane in frantic efforts to restore stability, such that the premier even pondered appointing former Chief Justice Mahapela Lehohla to the presidency of the Court of Appeal. This is revealed in a trove of letters between His Majesty King

Thabane Chinese Advisor Attacks Government

By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s trade adviser, Yan Xie, has publicly voiced his disappointment at government for driving a wool and mohair policy that he argues is not beneficial to Lesotho. Universally known as “John”, the business tycoon of Chinese origin told amaBhungane in a rare interview in Johannesburg this

Premium wines & fine dining is ticking! Are you ready?

BILLY NTAOTE In its seventh year, Wine Festival and So Chef dinner is calendared for today October 12 and 13, 2018. It will be held on the specious grounds of Avani Lesotho. This fun-filled two days event offers five course meal dinner and roll into the Saturday with premium wine tasting including

Negligent LEC defies Ombudsman

…as 24-year struggle for compensation by Mafura siblings who lost their mother to electrocution sees no end KEISO MOHLOBOLI Twenty-four years on, the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) continues to decline compensating the Mohale’s Hoek-based Mafura siblings who lost their mother through electrocution in December 1994. The parastatal company only gave Rethabile (31)

Aids funder threatens withdrawal

LERATO MATHEKA America-based funder to Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS programmes has threatened to pull out from one of the country’s implementing bodies over its alleged failure to meet target, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. A leaked email that landed before eyes of the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation staff in Lesotho

Mabote clinic reduces working hours

…as six villages go for days without water LERATO MATHEKA Mabote Filter Clinic has reduced its services due to lack of water in the area, Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) spokesperson Mothepane Thahane said. The services according to Thahane have been scheduled to begin at 8am to 11am and this she said will