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Conflicted PS acts on “corrupt” counterpart

Accuse each other of politicising rural electrification project MNNCIJ Team The Principal Secretaries in two key government ministries are using a $52.9-million (M761-million) World Bank funded electrification project as a political football in their power games as Lesotho heads full tilt into election campaign season. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Development

Sandstone producer in ‘illegal’ extension of mining site

…allegedly bribed commissioner of mines, politicians and local authorities Matiisetso Mosala Lesotho Stone, a mining company that brands itself as the largest quarrier of natural sandstone products in Southern Africa, is alleged to have illegally extended the boundaries of its mining site, and secured its mining license against these boundaries, by bribing

Spotlight on sinking school feeding project

NICOLE TAU The School Feeding Programme, launched as an initiative to provide hundreds of thousands of malnourished primary school students with a healthy diet, is failing, MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism can reveal. The World Food Program’s Fill the Nutrient Gap Lesotho reported in 2019 that 33% of Basotho children under five

Rustling prone farmers held hostage by corruption

NICOLE TAU Livestock dependent farmers in the highlands of the country have been left in abject poverty after the Park Homes project that was intended to combat animal theft has been abandoned. The project was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Home Affairs to ease stolen livestock identification and recovery. “The

Life-saving medicinal plants face extinction

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PASCALINAH KABI Shivering and moaning, 36-year-old ’Mantoa Kobeli can barely sit unassisted on a plastic chair in a “consulting room”, a shack run by a traditional healer, Monaheng Lekhooana. A burning blue candle and a small bowl oozing an aromatic smell from burning medicinal plants sit between Mr Lekhooana and Ms Kobeli. Ms

Top post for key witness in first lady’s murder

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

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