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Communities blame Letšeng mine pollution for trail of sickness, death and ‘poisoned pasture’

PASCALINAH KABI Bertha Foundation Fellow Sitting in her modest hut in the rural enclave of Patising in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, the 52-year-old ‘Mapontso Lematla says she first spotted the discoloured water in the local stream decades ago. “This water causes stomachaches and diarrhoea,” the soft-spoken Lematla said in an exclusive interview with MNN Centre

Exposed: Letšeng secretly admits contaminating water sources

PASCALINAH KABI Bertha Foundation Fellow A leading mining company in Lesotho, Letšeng Diamonds Mine, has admitted in confidential reports that its operations are polluting water systems that poor, rural communities rely on daily. But the company denies this in public. The Patising and Maloraneng communities live near the mine and rely on

DPP accused of protecting Thabane’s at any cost

In a ploy to botch Lipolelo’s murder case in favour of the Makhoakhoeng couple By Mohalenyane Phakela, Mohloai Mpesi, Thoboloko Ntšonyane and Itumeleng Khoete Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Hlalefang Motinyane, is accused of bungling a murder case against the Lesotho former Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, in order to protect him and

An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria’s farmer-herder crisis

By Kunle Adebajo and Murtala Abdullahi Photography by Kunle Adebajo and Murtala Abdullahi Data analysis by Mansir Muhammed and Yuxi Wang Visualizations by Yuxi Wang and Jillian Dudziak Editorial and Design Team: Lydia Namubiru, Yaffa Fredrick, Scott Lewis, and Jillian Dudziak A bare-chested old man lies in the emergency room of a government hospital in

Ministry lovers embroiled in controversial NMDS debt collection tender

NICOLE TAU Two senior officials at the Ministry of Development Planning romantically involved, Lebelo Raliapeng and Leomile Mojaki, have been controversially linked to a preferred bidder in the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS)’s debt collection tender. Raliapeng serves as the Ministry’s ICT Strategies and Projects Manager while his lover, Mojaki works as

MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism under attack

We at the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ) are saddened to announce that while in pursuit of our mandate — holding those in power accountable and exposing wrongdoing — we recently received shocking notifications that there were attempts to hack into our emails. The security alert shows that our passwords

Deadly, state-neglected dumpsite cuts live short

Ombudsman fights from victims’ corner, looks to parly for enforcement  NICOLE TAU Barely a kilometre from the nearest village to the Maluba-lube dumpsite in Teyateyaneng, Berea, are hoards of sealed containers of medical waste dumped in a not-fully-fenced dumpsite by the hospitals based in Berea district. It has been almost three years since

TRC Board member resigns…as Peshoane is cleared

BILLY NTAOTE Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) Board member, Tankiso Sephoso, has resigned after the rights group’s Board cleared the organisation's executive director, Tsikoane Peshoane, off all corruption accusations levelled against him by employees last month. Peshoane returned to work following the Board decisions which came at the height of fresh accusations of

Credibility of TRC chairperson questioned

Accused of protecting Peshoane as corruption investigation lingers BILLY NTAOTE and NTHATUOA KOESHE An ongoing Transformation Resource Centre (TRC)’s inquiry into alleged corruption and abuse of power by the rights group Executive Director Tsikoane Peshoane has allegedly lost its credibility. TRC staffers are accusing the Chairperson of the Board, ‘Mamolefe Petlane, of protecting

NGO boss accused of diverting projects funds to form a party

NICOLE TAU Mabusetsa Lenka Thamae, National Coordinator for a non-profit organisation, Survivors of Lesotho Dams (SOLD), has found himself in hot water after claims of him exploiting the organisation's funds to form a political party emerged. Thamae has been accused of using the organisation’s resources to fund the formation of a newly