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Lesotho’s ‘fools’ gold’…MNNCIJ digs in

’MAJIRATA LATELA MOKHOTLONG - It has become a well-known fact Mokhotlong is Lesotho’s richest district in minerals, mainly diamonds and water. But could recent allegations of gold discovery along the Senqu River banks in the district be true? Well, the village chief and his subjects in Sekoka believe they are settled on a land rich with

‘Atrocious’ teachers strike

’MAJIRATA LATELA On Wednesday March 20, 2019, a 15-year old schoolboy drowned and lost dear life while swimming with friends at a village dam in Ha-Matsoake, Mazenod. Together with his peers, Bahlakoana Paul Ntaote was supposed to be attending his classes at Bishop de Mazenod High School instead of “loitering”, but a crippling nationwide teachers’ strike that

ABC Saga: Battle lines drawn

THUSO MOSABALA Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s daughter, ’Mabatšoeneng Hlaele, has attributed failure of talks in the All Basotho Convention to non-compliance by a faction led by her father to facilitate the negotiations as directed by the High Court earlier this month. Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase, on March 6, ordered amicable deliberations between the two

Botha-Bothe women unite against HIV

THUSO MOSABALA BOTHA-BOTHE – For a 22-year old Palesa Mololi*, who tested HIV positive from birth, the social clubs organised by women in her area have played a pivotal role towards her treatment and being able to fearlessly talk to anyone about her status. Palesa, of Lerallaneng, told the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism

A ray of hope in split threatened ABC

As High Court orders talks among warrying factions THUSO MOSABALA   A High Court order directing negotiations between the two warring factions in the All Basotho Convention today, signals hope in the major ruling party that neared a split. Acting Chief Justice ‘Maseforo Mahase has further limited powers of the ABC's old national executive committee to "bare

Prisons boss poisoned in ‘murder attempt’

KEISO MOHLOBOLI Lesotho Correctional Service Commissioner Thabang Mothepu was poisoned with a nerve agent and hospitalised at Makoanyane Military Hospital on Monday in what he suspects was an attempted murder, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism can reveal. Mothepu was, however, released later yesterday (Tuesday March 5) after spending the entire night on close treatment. The commissioner

Auditor-General in part-time study brawl

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE Over 20 employees in Office of the Auditor-General have approached parliament’s portfolio committee on Economic and Development Cluster, accusing their boss of denying them eight-week study leave, arguably mandatory to public servants on part-time training. The disgruntled government auditors want the National Assembly to intervene in their lingering dispute with Auditor-General Lucy Liphafa over the

‘There’s hope in HIV’

How a 15-year old teen survived HIV odds THUSO MOSABALA When Puleng Motanteli discovered she was HIV positive in 2008, she felt like she could be buried alive. She was merely 15 years old at the time. “What started like an ordinary day changed altogether at the time I received the results of my HIV test. It

The root cause in ABC stalemate

MNNCIJ REPORTERS Validity of the newly-elected All Basotho Convention’s national executive committee will be determined by a “detailed report” that the electoral body is expected to issue in three weeks’ time, MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has established. Until then, the “outgoing” NEC may not vacate office and handover administrative powers to the Professor Nqosa Mahao-led

Kao villagers demand justice

THUSO MOSABALA KAO - Beleaguered communities of Kao have voiced their dissatisfaction over what they say is government failure to intervene in their long-standing antagonistic relations with the Botha-Bothe police. This became salient during the memorial service of Poshoane Moloi who was killed by the police on December 27, 2018, in a much-condemned down operation