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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.

Calls for Workers to Unite

…as workers unions isolated celebrations expose deep-rooted fragmentation on May Day Lesotho. By Billy Ntaote WORKERS unions and federations joined the world in celebration of May Day amid deep rooted weaknesses of a fragmented working class that has allowed political polarisation to undermine workers bargaining power. These weaknesses, exacerbated by the country’s continued

Call to review overlapping army, police functions

Billy Ntaote By its design, cognisant there is no potential external threat to Lesotho surrounded by democratic South Africa today, the architecture of the army is designed in such a way that it shall also venture into ordinary law enforcement. But, it is this role of law enforcement that the Lesotho Defence

Call to close wide gender gap

By Billy Ntaote Addis Ababa The portrayal of women in the media across the African continent continues to expose a wide gender gap between woman and men amid ambitious continental benchmarks. A paper on Media Portrayal of women and media gap in Africa presented to the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Information

Are workers reduced to a basket of votes?

By Sechaba Mokhethi WHILE factory workers’ plight has for the years not topped agenda of the rulers, every political party seems to bank on their huge numbers come elections time. Following Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s loss of a vote of no confidence in ninth Parliament and followed by His Majesty King Letsie

Lesotho Gov’t cracks down on Journalists

The government of Lesotho has told the African Union (AU) that reports about harassment of the Lesotho Times journalists are “just an appeal” to absolve them from criminal charges they are facing, dismissing the allegations as flawed “as the purpose is only meant to put weight on the journalists’ vendetta