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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

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