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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

3-year toddler sudden unexplained death shock family

Allegations of use of corporal punishment surface against Tiny Tots schools KEISO MOHLOBOLI It was only his sixth day at Tiny Tots Pre-School when mysterious tragedy befell a three-year-old Bohlokoa Qhobosheane on January 14. The tragedy led to Bohlokoa’s demise the next day while doctors were trying to attend to him. In an exclusive interview with MNN Centre for Investigative

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

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