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Thabane slams West, sings praises to China

…says China-Africa deals are not threat to sovereignty By Lerato Matheka Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has this week allayed fears that loans and grants received from the People’s Republic of China could be a threat to the country’s sovereignty. Thabane was speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday following his return from

The Fight to Save Lesotho’s Land

By Olivia Konotey MOHALE’S-HOEK - The village of Ha-Khitšane is built on sand. In the approaching warmth of Spring, daffodils push themselves out of the ground amongst patches of parched grass. In the ground behind her house, ‘Mamonaheng Belete is planting peach trees. It is a way of restoring land which storms

Death at a funeral

Police distance themselves from fatal shooting of a Botha-Bothe man at funeral By Thuso Mosabala Police have distanced themselves from the brutal killing of a Botha-Bothe man who was allegedly caught in crossfire during a chaotic funeral at Tsime village, in the area of Matjeka, early this month. Taelo Tšoeute was

Rebellious soldier faces dismissal

By Keiso Mohloboli The Court Martial yesterday (Friday July 20) terminated service of Staff Sergeant Mpolokeng Moleleki-Letlotlo pending approval by Minister of Defence and National Security Sentje Lebona. The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) officer was last week found guilty by the same court for saying the slain former army commander, Lieutenant General

Editor’s family cry for justice

By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane Two years after the Lesotho Times and Sunday Express editor Lloyd Mutungamiri was shot, his family remains devastated and lost. Talking to the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ) on email this week, it is obvious Mutungamiri’s children, wife and siblings are still engulfed in trauma of the fateful

Blow for soldier who said Motšomotšo deserved death

By Keiso Mohloboli Lesotho Defence Force Staff Sergeant Mpolokeng Moleleki-Letlotlo was earlier today found guilty by the Court Martial for saying the slain former army commander, Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo, deserved to die. Moleleki-Letlotlo will, however, await her sentencing pending mitigation by her lawyer, Advocate Zwelakhe Mda (King’s Counsel) before the same

Afriski accused of negligence

By Sechaba Mokhethi Tourists’ destination giant, Afriski Resort, is accused of negligence by a South African citizen whose daughter’s leg got broken while bum-boarding at Lesotho’s only skiing site last month. Anna Coetzee, based in Ladybrand in the Free State province, contends Afriski failed to provide her daughter with professional medical assistance

Lesotho chases SA agent over rentals

By Lerato Matheka The government of Lesotho intends to sue a South African property agency, Ebilox (Pty) Limited, for its alleged failure to pay rental revenues collected from the former’s properties in Johannesburg amounting to over M10 million since 2013. The revelation was made this week by principal secretary in the Ministry

Payment uproar over award winning film

By Lerato Matheka The Forgotten Kingdom’s writer and director Andrew Mudge faces a possible lawsuit if allegations of his failure to pay Basotho actors featured in the multi award-winning film are anything to go by. MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism (MNNCIJ) has learnt of a recent plot by the disgruntled local actors

Army ‘victims’ claim M30 million

By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane Families of the three men who were reportedly kidnapped, killed and dumped in the Mohale Dam by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) are collectively demanding M30 million compensation from the army commander. Lekhoele Noko, Molise Pakela and Khothatso Makibinyane were allegedly strangled by the army elements at