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“LEPOSA’s gun-scheme smacks of smuggling’’

…some given to top cops and politicians during the political turmoil BILLY NTAOTE and RETŠELISITSOE KHABO The acquisition of 1500 firearms by the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA) during the 2014-2015 political and security instability appears to have been riddled with corruption, negligence, opaque arms dealing, and gifting of guns to government

Hands On Investigative Journalism fellowship starting from October 1, 2021

The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism, with support from the Southern Africa Investigative Journalism Hub, IJ HUB , invites applications from print and broadcast journalists aspiring to undergo a three-month intensive investigative reporting fellowship with the Centre. This project is meant to cultivate, enhance and promote investigative journalism in Lesotho. The

Debt-ridden mine accused of abusing workers

By Billy Ntaote and Itumeleng Koleile Former employees of Liqhobong Mining Development Company, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange-listed Firestone Diamonds Plc, have accused the mining company of reneging on a re-employment promise after it allegedly demanded they withdraw their unfair dismissal lawsuit in exchange for their jobs. Liqhobong, a diamond

Zambian Elections, a media perspective

…Lessons for Lesotho’s 2022 polls Matiisetso Mosala In September 2022, Lesotho will hold general elections. In 2017 when the Kingdom had its last polls, Basotho knew what they wanted; they wanted Change. Basotho wanted to see their country develop, poverty eradicated and jobs created, especially for youth and the country just at peace

Sexual harassment survivor fired

Itumeleng Koleile A woman who worked for Alluvial Ventures, a sub-contractor to Letšeng Diamonds Ltd, a company majority-owned by the London Stock Exchange-listed Gem Diamonds, has been dismissed after pressing charges of sexual assault against her former supervisor. Sebongile Mokhele (29) believes her dismissal, allegedly on the grounds of insubordination, was an

Botswana rhino poaching worsens as government dithers

Oscar Nkala KASANE- Rhino poaching in Botswana is getting worse, and the government is not helping matters in any way due to its split attitude on the crisis. On the one hand, the government of President Mokgweetsi Masisi—in power since 2018—acknowledges the seriousness of the crisis but, when it suits it, the

We all aspire to go to Machabeng…

The Reflector Machabeng College, yet another institution of learning in this country under scrutiny for the wrong reasons as if our country’s educational system has not been through enough strain already. It’s that dream school for many of our children, even we parents aspire to send our kids there. Now, don’t misconstrue the

Fresh investigations into Machabeng corruption saga

Nicole Tau A day following our exposé on Machabeng College’s maladministration, loss of accreditation and membership to Council of International Schools (CIS), the school issued a meeting invitation to scholars’ parents. The meeting was held on Friday last week where the newly appointed board of governors announced its intention to launch an

Rushed airport contract scrapped

SA’s Acsa appointed amid fears that Moshoeshoe I could fail looming audit Billy Ntaote The Lesotho government appointed South Africa’s state-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) as its adviser and supervisor in a hastily launched M500-million airport rehabilitation project – in breach of procurement regulations. The Transport Ministry was subsequently forced to

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