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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

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

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

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

‘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

Khaketla slapped with graft charge

Sechaba Mokhethi  Lesotho Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) has slapped former minister of finance ‘Mamphono Khaketla with a corruption charge for the alleged solicitation of M4 million ($302 000) bribe in exchange for a government fleet tender. According to the anti-corruption body, Khaketla, together with her co-accused, Thabo Napo solicited

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