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MNNCIJ Team A key witness in the high-profile murder case of Lipolelo Thabane, the former Prime Minister’s estranged wife, has landed a lucrative diplomatic job, leading to suspicions that her appointment is an attempt to appease or silence her. The witness, Thato Sibolla, is due to testify against the former First Lady,

ABC MPs trade govt land for cannabis shares

SECHABA MOKHETHI and NICOLE TAU Two All Basotho Convention (ABC) ex-MPs and former minister Chalane Phori have given out a state land that they are accused of illegally occupying to an Australian medical cannabis producer in return for shares in the company. Thabiso Monyatsi, Majoro Mohapi and Phori, were ordered by the

Graft-hit Machabeng College falls from grace

NICOLE TAU Machabeng College, Lesotho’s only elite school and sixth-form college, has lost its accreditation and membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS) amid serious allegations of fraud and maladministration against its headmistress, Jannalee Schwimmer. The CIS communicated its decision to withdraw Machabeng’s accreditation in November last year and membership was

Water, water everywhere…but not a drop to drink

Lindiwe Hloaele aged 21, in the middle of her journey home to Thabaneng village, mounting a rocky slope with 25 litres of water on her head. She gets her water from an unprotected well located next to Katse Dam that shows in the background. Disease stalks villages, as Lesotho sells water

Questionable Chinese firm bungles road blasting

MATIISETSO MOSALA The Chinese state-owned construction firm, China Geo-Engineering Corporation, has bungled road blasting at Letobong in the Botha Bothe district, causing major damage to houses and allegedly failing to repair them adequately. This is the second controversy China Geo has been embroiled in over damage to houses caused by roadworks. First incident

Minister, MPs in govt tractors grab

MNNCIJ Reporters Minister of Agriculture Tefo Mapesela sold government tractors and implements valued at M11-million to himself, other ministers, MPs, the Speaker of the National Assembly Sephiri Motanyane and President of the Senate ‘Mamonaheng Mokitimi, an investigation has established. The equipment was sold at a subsidised price, and people in leadership positions

Chinese firm ‘wants to settle graft case’

Matiisetso Mosala A major quarrying operation is pushing for an out of court settlement to avoid being tried on charges of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and illegal acquisition of an operating licence, according to the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO). However, the lawyers for Lesotho Sandstone Enterprise denied this,

Multinational mobile phone firm stashes $22m in tax haven from Malawi

By Collins Mtika Wherever you go in Malawi—whether it is in the cities, towns or the countryside—Airtel Malawi is part of the landscape, and just about everyone knows about it in this Southern African country of 18 million people. In 2018, Milward Brown, a global leader in brand strategy consultancy, advertising development

‘Scared’ villagers demand safety audit for Letšeng dams

Satellite view of Lets'eng Diamond Mine

SECHABA MOKHETHI Villagers from Patising in the Mokhotlong district are demanding a safety audit for Letšeng Diamond Mine’s slimes dams after the mine dismissed fears that they could be swallowed up by flooding if the dams and impoundments burst. The villagers’ adviser, United States-based consultant Steve Emerman, has offered to do the