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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

HIV in adolescents: breaking the silence

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA The silence is ominous-many young people living with HIV are afraid to share their status with the media or even their friends, classmates, and teachers. You cannot be too sure how others will react to news that someone they know is living with HIV—the virus that causes the incurable AIDS over time. Yet Lesotho’s

Big Lesotho airport upgrade opens old wounds

SECHABA MOKHETHI In 1982, while Lesotho’s constitution was suspended under Leabua Jonathan’s government, local communities had their land expropriated without compensation and were forcibly relocated to make way for the Moshoeshoe I International Airport outside Maseru. The current government’s plan to upgrade the airport at a total cost of M5-billion (R5-billion) has reopened these historical wounds and

MNNCIJ gets global investigative journalism status

…as Global Investigative Journalism Network approves MNNCIJ’s membership KEISO MOHLOBOLI MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism was yesterday granted membership to world's leading international association of investigative reporting organisations, Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). The GIJN boasts a membership of 182 organizations in 77 countries across the world. MNNCIJ is Lesotho’s first and only institution

Qhalasi community enjoys ART groups’ gains

SECHABA MOKHETHI MOHALE’S HOEK — HIV-positive Basotho living in Qhalasi constituency in Mohale’s Hoek are enjoying the benefits of subscribing to Community ART Groups (CAGs) as a way of combating the challenges related to replenishing their medication. Mohale’s Hoek is Lesotho’s leading district on HIV-prevalence at 29.3-percent as noted by the Lesotho Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA)

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