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LEWA official bays for ministers’ blood

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – Suspended Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA) board member, Pashu Mochesane, intends to drag two ministers to court over their alleged refusal to reinstate him despite last month’s High Court order directing his reinstatement. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism learned this week about a potential showdown at

Shaun’s new job: Murder in Lesotho

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE The Lesotho government has invited Shaun Abrahams, the controversial former boss of South Africa’s prosecutions authority, to prosecute eight soldiers accused of murdering Lesotho’s former army commander, Maaparankoe Mahao, in 2015. It is the most politically sensitive case in the country. Abrahams confirmed his appointment as the prosecutor of Lesotho

Minopex accused of unfair labour practices

KANANELO BOLOETSE MASERU – Basotho miners employed by one of the contracting companies at Letšeng mine in Mokhotlong - Minopex Lesotho – have accused their employer of unfair labour practices, alleging the company hired them on short-term contracts to avoid paying higher wages. A three-month investigation has found that the miners employed

Letšeng locks horns with villagers

SECHABA MOKHETHI MOKHOTLONG - Enraged communities surrounding the Letšeng diamond mine have listed a plethora of grievances they want the mine to address. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism learned recently about the villagers’ complaints that include cracked houses and toilets, blockaded river sources, polluted water, seized pastures and exotic animal diseases

Kao saga takes new twist

A bloody war pitting two villages over the mine’s relocation plan looms   THUSO MOSABALA A protracted dispute simmering between the Storm Mountain Diamonds’ (SMD) Kao mine and the surrounding community has taken a new twist; this time igniting rivalry between two villages and threatening bloodbath. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism

John reveals how he helped fund politicians in Lesotho – but denies claim of state capture

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE Lesotho-based Chinese business tycoon Yan Xie has lifted the lid on his extensive generosity to Lesotho’s political elite, saying that he helped fund Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s lavish wedding last year and has donated money to “almost every party in the country”. In an exclusive interview in Johannesburg, Xie also

Polihali communities demand review of paltry compensation rates

Billy Ntaote and Lerato Matheka Communities within the Polihali Dam site are up in arms contesting compensation rates they argue to be too low, and demand market-value-based compensation for their land and assets. This is amid the rigorous process of public consultations which have resulted in the formulation of the Lesotho Highlands

Polihali Communities in tussle for lifetime compensation

…as LHDA offers once-off payment or once-off compensation paid in instalments for a period not exceeding 50 years Billy Ntaote and Lerato Matheka Residents in the catchment area of the massive multi-million Maloti Polihali water dam, whose construction is set to commence the Phase II of the giant Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Minister, PS spat threatens health system

. . . as Tšepong shuts down some wards KANANELO BOLOETSE  A three-way spat between Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi, the ministry’s Principal Secretary (PS) ‘Mole Khumalo, and the management of Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH), is threatening to plunge the already poor national healthcare system into deeper disarray. Khumalo, earlier this year,

Government put neck on the block for Tšepong

KANANELO BOLOETSE An over M600 million loan that was provided by the Development Bank of South Africa to partly finance construction of the Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital was underwritten by government yet the debt was registered as a private sector contribution. This is revealed in a new Eurodad report published on Monday