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Foreign judges: A headache for Lesotho’s murder trials

KEISO MOHLOBOLI / NKOSANA DLAMINI / TUMISANG SERAME Maseru/Harare—When the Lesotho authorities decided to hire foreign judges to steer ongoing high-profile murder trials involving former high-ranking Lesotho Defence Force personnel, little did they know that they were dragging an ant-infested log into the courtroom. Charles Hungwe, the Zimbabwean judge who was in January 2019 hired

Journalism needs to rethink ethics

The general election provided a litmus test of Botswana’s media, showing that it is not independent of financial and political influence. JOEL KONOPO analyses Botswana's ailing media sector. We live in a divided political environment and amid radical economic disparities. But there is one thing on which virtually everyone in Botswana agrees: most of the news

Lesotho youth hard hit by corruption

TUMISANG SERAME The kingdom of Lesotho is one of the countries in the world whose corruption perception seems to be escalating daily with youths among the loudest crying for an end to corruption and abuse of public office. According to the 2018 transparency international report, Lesotho is ranked 78 out of 180 countries on corruption. The country

Gendered impact of corruption

…as women are proportionally more vulnerable to corruption than men MATIISETSO MOSALA Corruption is referred to as a global phenomenon and serious impediment to development and economic growth. Although it affects all social classes in communities we live in, poor women and young girls are among the most affected. In order to understand corruption best in Lesotho,

Reflection on corruption in Lesotho

Billy Ntaote For many Basotho today, talking about sustainable development goals and why their country fails to attain these important milestones and realise prosperity is mostly blamed on a corrupt cabal influential over state power referred to as State House. State House, under normal circumstances, is an eminent house in any country, of course, second after

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

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