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Top-ranked bidder battles LHDA over tender withdrawal

Favouritism and abuse of power alleged in ‘M396m’ dam contract SECHABA MOKHETHI A construction venture is suing the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) after it withdrew a multimillion-maloti contract for works on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project for the second time. The joint venture, DYNAP, argues that the second withdrawal of the contract,

Oxygen firm suffocating competitors – claim

BILLY NTAOTE A major row has erupted over a Lesotho parastatal’s dealings with a South African company over an estimated 20 million maloti tender for two oxygen generating plants that are set to play a key role in the country’s health system. Cape Town-based Foxolution Systems Engineering was engaged to advise the

LEC top official in M12-million corruption scandal

BILLY NTAOTE Lefa Motlalane, a top official of Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) is accused of swindling his employer M12-million using his private company. Motlalane aged 48, is part of the LEC executive management. He is accused of defrauding the LEC M12 million by contracting a private company, Tough Services Pty LTD. He was

Court saves Thabane from murder charges

BILLY NTAOTE Magistrate Court today referred questions on whether Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is immune from charges of alleged murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane to Constitutional Court. The ruling was made after Thabane’s lawyer Qhalehang Letsika convinced the court that questions on whether a sitting prime minister can be charged criminally must first be answered by a

John embroiled in AD t-shirts brawl

SECHABA MOKHETHI A triangular battle between controversial Lesotho businessman Yan ‘John’ Xie, the Alliance of Democrats (AD) party and Durban clothing company over election campaign t-shirts worth more than M1-million has landed up in the Lesotho High Court. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has heard allegations that Xie agreed to pay for 50 000 t-shirts used

Wool and Mohair farmers in limbo, despite victory

BILLY NTAOTE The Lesotho Parliament has agreed to scrap a controversial ban on the export of locally produced wool and mohair – but there is no end in sight to the woes of the country’s 40 000 mainly poor producers The decision by MPs followed a sustained campaign by farmers, their association and opposition parties, alleging

SA new laws expose Lesotho to trafficking

MATIISETSO MOSALA South Africa’s decision to scrap laws that required travelers to produce unabridged birth certificates and supporting documents for children travelling across its borders has left Basotho minors prone to human trafficking. From June 01, 2015, Department of Home Affairs in South Africa introduced immigration regulations that required all passengers under the

Multinational company captures Lesotho cannabis regulators

Ministry 'knew nothing‘ of their links with UK multinational SECHABA MOKHETHI Two senior Lesotho health ministry officials who oversee cannabis industry licensing in Lesotho are linked to a London-based company that plans to invest in the manufacture of medicinal cannabis in the kingdom, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. The company, Afriag

‘Shi exchanged farmers’ wool for machinery’

Central Bank exposes Shi’s ‘flouting’ of financial laws RELEBOHILE KHOALE A parliamentary ad-hoc committee investigating effects of Lesotho government policy localising buying and selling of wool and mohair last week heard how a Chinese firm abused its position and contravened its licensing regulations. Maseru Dawning Trading (Pty) LTD, owned by Chinese national Stone Shi, was reported by the

Senti takes on PAC over fraud report

…Deputy PS institutes legal action against parliament’s accounts committee after damning police uniform tender report   MANTŠALI PHAKOANA The Ministry of Police and Public Safety’s Deputy Principal Secretary (DPS), Ezekiel Senti, has instructed his attorney to institute legal action against the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for alleged defamation of character. The move follows parliament’s adoption of the PAC’s report on 29

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