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Open Letter to Prime Minister Thabane and President Cyril Ramaphosa

From CONCERNED BASOTHO CITIZEN LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT 1986 AND 2011 PHASE II AGREEMENT 1.1 Lesotho highlands Water Treaty was initiated under the BNP led Government and pursued under protracted negotiations culminating in a Treaty concluded by a Military led Lesotho government  in 1986 nine months after the latter overthrew the BNP led Government.

Lack of political will frustrates Majoronomics

THUSO MOSABALA Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro has once again delivered a set of desired policy actions in the form of austerity measures that will never see the light of day without political will to ensure enforcement. This proposal to return to basics and gulp the medicine of austerity measures remains a mere rhetoric if

ABC at crossroads

MNNCIJ Reporters The All Basotho Convention (ABC) trio Habofanoe Lehana, Keketso Sello and Mohapi Mohapinyane, as well as their cronies in the party, have nothing to celebrate yet. In fact, the outcome of what transpired in Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase’s High Court chambers this week is likely to pave way for even much unsavoury relations and

Empower the corruption watchdog

THUSO MOSABALA One long-standing and highly recommended strategy for improved results at any organisation is specialisation; something that should define the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) in its core mandate to fight corruption in Lesotho. However, while specialisation has become a common policy to strengthening the ability of governments to detect, investigate, prosecute and monitor corruption

Prof Mahao has a mountain to climb

Billy Ntaote The race for leadership in the upcoming All Basotho Convention elective conference is quite interesting. A recent development that saw the National University of Lesotho Vice Chancellor Nqosa Mahao publicly announcing he will be locking horns and digging heels into the sand in contest for the deputy leadership post was

The corrupt fight against corruption…

By Monaheng Seeiso Rasekoai The reality is that whenever a debate on corruption comes to the mould, it often amounts to a theatrical performance by politicians and ordinary citizens alike who endeavour to ride on a high horse and pose as ethical virgins like Jeffrey Archer’s fictitious character in Clean Sweep

PM in frantic bid to stabilise judiciary

KANANELO BOLOETSE A protracted judicial crisis in Lesotho has left Prime Minister Thomas Thabane in frantic efforts to restore stability, such that the premier even pondered appointing former Chief Justice Mahapela Lehohla to the presidency of the Court of Appeal. This is revealed in a trove of letters between His Majesty King

CJ sympathisers could face a dead end

…Sadc route futile without tribunal KANANELO BOLOETSE In 2010, after several court judgements against the Zimbabwean government, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit of  heads of states and governments held in Namibia decided that a review of the role, functions and terms of reference of one of its key institutions –

Spotlight on foreign-owned manufacturers’ tax holiday

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – While most Basotho-owned companies are struggling to comply with near-crippling tax obligations, some foreign-owned manufacturing firms seem to have it easy. Foreign-owned manufacturing companies, in particular textile factories, are benefiting from a raft of tax relief measures which leave them ultimately contributing a trivial proportion – around five

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