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Jailed Chinese gang leader comes and goes from prison as he pleases

  A convicted wildlife smuggler is making a mockery of Malawi’s justice and correctional system as he comes and goes from prison with the help of prison officials and their official service vehicles.    A prison vehicle leaves the home of Yunhua Lin, a convicted illegal wildlife trader, after Lin is pictured on

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

TRC boss sent home pending corruption probe

BILLY NTAOTE Tsikoane Peshoane, an Executive Director for Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) was sent on forced leave with immediate effect following a damning petition by the organisation’s staff to the Board, accusing him of alleged negligence, corruption, violation of labour rights and tax laws. Hape Moshabesha and fifteen other disgruntled employees penned

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

Govt seeking to fund drug trials

MATIISETSO MOSALA The government of Lesotho revealed its plan to raise M7-million to fund pre-clinical and clinical trials for the National University of Lesotho’s (NUL) drug compound, a potential treatment for Covid. The trials will evaluate whether the drug compound is safe for use in humans and determine if it can be

Banned PBC oil found in LEC, LNDC transformers

NICOLE TAU Despite 2004 global ban, PBC oil has recently been found in 15 transformers used by the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) and Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) while 3000 more are awaiting tests. The study, conducted under the project spearheaded by the LEC and environmental department in the Ministry of Tourism,

LCA officials quit jobs to avoid probe

MAMELLO MOSAEFANE Lesotho Communication Authority (LCA)’s Chief Finance Officer ‘Masebolaoa Sebolaoa and Finance Manager ‘Maseoli Sekoati recently quit their job at the start of investigations into the alleged mismanagement of the authority’s funds. Chief Finance Officer ‘Masebolaoa Sebolaoa, Finance Manager ‘Maseoli Sekoati and the Human Resource Manager ‘Mathabo Sebilo allegedly mismanaged the

LEC top official in M12-million corruption scandal

BILLY NTAOTE Lefa Motlalane, a top official of Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) is accused of swindling his employer M12-million using his private company. Motlalane aged 48, is part of the LEC executive management. He is accused of defrauding the LEC M12 million by contracting a private company, Tough Services Pty LTD. He was

Court saves Thabane from murder charges

BILLY NTAOTE Magistrate Court today referred questions on whether Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is immune from charges of alleged murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane to Constitutional Court. The ruling was made after Thabane’s lawyer Qhalehang Letsika convinced the court that questions on whether a sitting prime minister can be charged criminally must first be answered by a