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Polihali Communities in tussle for lifetime compensation

…as LHDA offers once-off payment or once-off compensation paid in instalments for a period not exceeding 50 years Billy Ntaote and Lerato Matheka Residents in the catchment area of the massive multi-million Maloti Polihali water dam, whose construction is set to commence the Phase II of the giant Lesotho Highlands Water Project

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,

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

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

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)

Shady tenders continue to cloud Liqhobong 

KANANELO BOLOETSE A highly controversial contract between Liqhobong Mine Development Company and Basil Read Lesotho (BLR) continues to exist despite fraud charges levelled against the latter last month. Lesotho’s corruption watchdog, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO), has dragged to the Maseru Magistrates Court South Africa-based Basil Read Mining (Proprietary) Limited,

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