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Lesotho Prime Minister to retire soon

BILLY NTAOTE and TUMISANG SERAME Finally, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has publicly announced his intentions to step-down as Lesotho Prime Minister. Thabane told a press briefing held at the old state house he would be retiring his position as the country prime minister very soon citing old age as a reason. But he also referred to his

Police to interrogate Ntsekele, Mphaka over PM wife’s murder

BILLY NTAOTE and MATIISETSO MOSALA In the wake of Lesotho’s first lady, Maesiah Thabane’s evading arrest and vanishing, police investigations have led to top government officials being summoned to Police Headquarters for questioning. Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and Government Secretary Moahloli Mphaka were today summoned to help police with their investigations into the killing of Lipolelo Thabane. The duo

Breaking: Lesotho First Lady resists arrest

Claims she fears for her life and barricades self in statehouse Investigations on her sister wife’s fatal shooting continue BILLY NTAOTE, KEISO MOHLOBOLI and MATIISETSO MOSALA Lesotho’s first lady, Maesiah Thabane’s brazen refusal to report to police earlier and later afternoon resisting arrest has left the country shocked after learning she was summoned

Lesotho Prime Minister’s mobile-phone used in wife assassination

…Police Boss says his suspension by Thabane is just a ploy to scuttle investigations into Lipolelo’s assassination KEISO MOHLOBOLI Police investigations into the fatal shooting of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, unearthed usage of his mobile phone to communicate with the assassinators, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (the centre) has learnt. Lipolelo was killed at the

Thabane’s anointed committee expunge court judgment

…meanwhile Mahao’s quintet says any contempt of court will be dealt with decisively KEISO MOHLOBOLI and MATIISETSO MOSALA All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas Thabane’s anointed party executive committee yesterday defied a High Court judgment, and only said it welcomes expelled executive members but as ordinary party members. The statehouse cabal—ABC’s national executive committee members

Lesotho stands by Western Sahara – ’Maseribane

…government denounces foreign minister Makgothi’s mysterious foreign policy shift Matiisetso Mosala Lesotho government washed hands and negated what was announced by Moroccan media this week as ‘the new foreign policy shift’ to neutrality from the stance against illegal occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco. The denounced shift is instigated by Foreign Affairs Minister Lesego Makgothi. Morocco’s press, on Tuesday

Parliamentarians in bloody scuffle over wool and mohair farmers

Billy Ntaote Lesotho’s wool and mohair farmers’ protracted fight to see a localisation policy imposed on their business reversed yesterday precipitated a bloody scuffle in the national assembly of Lesotho. Farmers demands to see the wool and mohair marketing regulations of 2018 imposed on their business by small business, cooperatives and marketing minister Chalane Phori were

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

Ray of hope for vegetable production amid harsh climate change

Nteboheleng Thamae Climate change is considered one of the biggest crises facing humanity today, it has posted threats to food security due to negative effects on agriculture, but a legion of smallholder farmers in Lesotho are fighting to defy the odds and are cashing in on vegetable production. One such farmer is Tšepo Massa,

Cabinet guarantees M2.4 billion loans for unvetted companies

Billy Ntaote Against the advice of Minister of Finance, Moeketsi Majoro, Lesotho cabinet has approved a whopping M2.4 billion for yet flawed sports facilities project as the country prepares to host Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 games in December 2020. Majoro had noted in a secret cabinet memorandum to cabinet huge risks of the

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