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M400 million road investment threatened

KANANELO BOLOETSE MOKHOTLONG – Despite spending over M400 million reconstructing a 79-kilometre stretch of road between Oxbow and Mapholaneng some two years ago, government plans to preserve and prevent its premature deterioration have foundered. Although the road appears to be in fair condition the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism recently learnt of

Villagers await compensation in vain

…as China Geo and Alliance Insurance wrangle KANANELO BOLOETSE LERIBE – Two giant companies, China Geo Engineering Corporation and Alliance Insurance, are at loggerheads over how much each should pay towards the M10 million that 35 Leribe families are demanding for damages to their homes caused by ongoing roadworks. Massive ground vibrations caused

Hospital staff down tools over pay

…cripple health services in Thaba-Tseka By Lerato Matheka Over 50 employees of St James Mission Hospital in Thaba-Tseka have downed tools this week over unpaid salaries. The strike, which started on Tuesday, has since extended to the hospital’s three filter clinics, namely Lephoi, Popa and Marakabei, paralyzing health services in the

Kao mine, villagers in relocation feud

By Thuso Mosabala and Billy Ntaote A long-drawn-out dispute between Storm Mountain Diamond (SMD) and Kao communities took a new twist recently when villagers shot down the mine’s plans to relocate their homes affected by its extractive activities. The mine is set to relocate 32 households located in the Tiping village in

Mine dispute costs Lesotho M3 billion

Govt could pay another M3 billion if it loses court battle with Swissbourgh  By Billy Ntaote A protracted international investment dispute that has lasted 28 years between the Lesotho government and a South African owned diamond mining company, Swissbourgh, has cost the country a whopping close to M3 billion in legal

Fokothi probes missing M32million

By Lerato Matheka The Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) has instituted an internal audit of its financial books dating from as far back as 2007 following revelations of a missing M32 million, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. The audit comes two months after parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ordered the institution,

Mine waste pollutes exported water

By Billy Ntaote A parliament sanctioned task-team has recently exposed shocking details of how Kao mine spilled 25 000 litres of waste into Kao River and down to Malibamatšo, contaminating Lesotho’s lucrative “white gold” downstream into Katse Dam. On December 14, 2016, a sewage pond built by Kao mine, that is operated by

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