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Magistrates mull strike

By Sechaba Mokhethi A DARK cloud hangs over the administration of justice with the magistrates mulling a strike over the government’s failure to address their long-standing welfare grievances as concerns about lack of judicial independence, MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. The protracted grievances which range from welfare disparities between magistrates

Clampdown on rogue money lenders

By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane and Mamello Mokaeane The Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) has embarked on nationwide investigations aimed at rooting out illegal financial institutions and money lenders, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ) has learned. This follows disturbing reports of how clients were being treated by rogue money lenders who, among

Illicit abortions a lucrative business in Lesotho

By Thakane Shale For a 27-year-old *Rethabile Mokoaleli, the possibility of dying during an abortion is a gruesome thought but one she is prepared to face in order to terminate her unplanned pregnancy in a country where the practice remains both illegal and taboo. In a recent interview with the MNN Centre

Water woes cripple childbirth services in Qacha

‘Majirata Latela and Sechaba Mokhethi QACHA’S NEK – Rife water shortages in Qacha’s Nek have posed a major setback to childbearing services in the district, affecting mostly communities covered by Sacred Heart Christ the King and Sekake health centres. Both health centres have since shutdown waiting mothers’ shelters and limited new-born delivery

Ticking Time Bomb in Kolo

. . . as villagers’ houses on verge of collapse due to mining activities MNNCIJ Reporters Mafeteng – FOR 52-year-old ’Mamokuena Bulane, it is only a matter of time before one of her two cracked houses collapses because of operations at the nearby Reskol diamond mine in Kolo, Ha-Petlane. Ms Bulane says the two

Tebellong Hospital suffers neglect scare

Sechaba Mokhethi and ‘Majirata Latela QACHA’S NEK – Situated across 2,092 km Senqu River and opposite Ha Sekake in Qacha’s Nek, Tebellong Hospital is facing harsh service delivery challenges with women delivering babies by the side of the river, referrals done on rowboats at night and doctors performing caesarean section under

Storm over expo

As TEN dismisses two of its directors amid embezzlement allegations By ’Mamphana ’Molotsi In the wake of an intensified feud stemming from allegations of funds misuse among organisers of the much-sponsored Lesotho Entrepreneurship Expo 2017 edition, The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) has issued two of its executive directors with dismissal letters. Attorney Nonnie Da

Solar project in limbo over compensation

. . . affected Mafeteng villagers uncertain of terms for M400m venture Sechaba Mokhethi UNCERTAINTY over the compensation that villagers are to receive for the loss of their farmland has cast a shadow over preparations for Lesotho’s first solar power plant in Mafeteng district. Twenty-three residents from three villages in the Mafeteng area

Qacha’s maternal ordeal

As due pregnant woman is turned away from clinic ’Majirata Latela and Sechaba Mokhethi QACHA’S NEK – When 17-year old Elelloang Ramosoeu realised she was pregnant last year (2016) she panicked, wondering how her mother was going to react. Despite having committed a “sin” by falling pregnant underage (at 16-years), Elelloang was quite

Police pathologist quits over Khetheng

. . . alleges harassment and non-payment for services rendered By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane MASERU – A pathologist contracted to conduct post-mortem examinations for the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) has quit. The surgeon is unhappy after he was allegedly implicated in the murder of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism