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HIV-positive youths thrive on peer support

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA Lesotho’s adolescents between the ages of 10 and 24 years are among the people most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS due to poor healthcare, lack of family support, non-acceptance of long-term treatment and non-disclosure of their HIV-status to peers and family. It is this challenge that the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) recommends can be

Minister hails under-fire wool and mohair policy and blames saga on politicians

RELEBOHILE KHOALE The Minister of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing, Chalane Phori has defended the Thaba-Bosiu-based Lesotho Wool Centre auction as a lucrative deal set to benefit farmers in the near future. Phori made this submission to parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating the sale of wool and mohair at the Centre following an outcry

Parly grills under-fire Chinese wool and mohair broker

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating Lesotho’s wool and mohair sector on Wednesday grilled under-fire Chinese businessman, Stone Shi. Shi is now the sole broker of the country’s wool and mohair after being handed the role through amendments to an existing regulation by the government last year. He does this through the Lesotho Wool Centre—a joint-venture entered

How wool and mohair farmers were tossed into poverty

…farmers association blames government and Chinese national BILLY NTAOTE Thousands of families that depend on wool and mohair revenue are now said to be in dire need of food aid as a result of a government policy to localise the sale of their precious products through a Chinese national, Stone Shi. This unfortunate development was revealed

Thousands of angry farmers petition parliament

…Wool and mohair producers want subordinate law creating Chinese monopoly quashed amid Prime Minister's three-month grace period offer BILLY NTAOTE A three-month grace period temporarily lifting government’s ban of the independent export of Lesotho’s wool and mohair announced by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was on Friday condemned by disgruntled farmers as a

ABC infighting deepens as expelled ‘big five’ suspend Thabane

RELEBOHILE KHOALE Prime Minister and All Basotho Convention (ABC)leader, Thomas Thabane’s bitter face-off with five executive members has worsened and could soon result in a split of the ruling party. The infighting escalated after a 26 June meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee which announced the decion-making body had ratified Thabane’s decision to expel the five for allegedly violating

Jhpiego broadens HIV, TB services

MANTŠALI PHAKOANA In its commitment to support Lesotho’s efforts to reduce the spread of HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), Jhpiego has since broadened its Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) services under a three-year project codenamed THEBE. THEBE is an acronym for Prevention of HIV and TB in Lesotho through Evidence-Based Interventions and Education THEBE commenced in July

Thabane’s ‘dictatorial’ tendencies rear ugly head

...Prime Minister and All Basotho Convention leader accused of unilaterally violating the party’s constitution as he expels ‘rebels’ NEC members in violation of a High Court order MAJIRATA LATELA All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas Thabane’s decision to “unilaterally” expel key members of the party’s newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has since been scoffed at as façade to circumvent

MPs in rare unity to save wool and mohair farmers

RELEBOHILE KHOALE Parliament has united to investigate the unpopular wool and mohair sale ‘localisation’ policy in a last-ditch effort to save wool and mohair farming—the major source of livelihood for Lesotho’s  rural communities. In a show of unity rarely seen in Lesotho’s diverse National Assembly, Members of Parliament (MPs) on 10 June voted for a motion

Winter break to dodge Thabane ouster

Billy Ntaote This afternoon, Members of Parliament are set to decide whether the National Assembly should adjourn for a winter recess or assemble for another week to hear a proposed motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s administration. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism this morning learned parliamentary business committee members had all concurred the