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Exposed: Letšeng secretly admits contaminating water sources

PASCALINAH KABI Bertha Foundation Fellow A leading mining company in Lesotho, Letšeng Diamonds Mine, has admitted in confidential reports that its operations are polluting water systems that poor, rural communities rely on daily. But the company denies this in public. The Patising and Maloraneng communities live near the mine and rely on

DPP accused of protecting Thabane’s at any cost

In a ploy to botch Lipolelo’s murder case in favour of the Makhoakhoeng couple By Mohalenyane Phakela, Mohloai Mpesi, Thoboloko Ntšonyane and Itumeleng Khoete Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Hlalefang Motinyane, is accused of bungling a murder case against the Lesotho former Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, in order to protect him and

An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria’s farmer-herder crisis

By Kunle Adebajo and Murtala Abdullahi Photography by Kunle Adebajo and Murtala Abdullahi Data analysis by Mansir Muhammed and Yuxi Wang Visualizations by Yuxi Wang and Jillian Dudziak Editorial and Design Team: Lydia Namubiru, Yaffa Fredrick, Scott Lewis, and Jillian Dudziak A bare-chested old man lies in the emergency room of a government hospital in

Ministry lovers embroiled in controversial NMDS debt collection tender

NICOLE TAU Two senior officials at the Ministry of Development Planning romantically involved, Lebelo Raliapeng and Leomile Mojaki, have been controversially linked to a preferred bidder in the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS)’s debt collection tender. Raliapeng serves as the Ministry’s ICT Strategies and Projects Manager while his lover, Mojaki works as

Deadly, state-neglected dumpsite cuts live short

Ombudsman fights from victims’ corner, looks to parly for enforcement  NICOLE TAU Barely a kilometre from the nearest village to the Maluba-lube dumpsite in Teyateyaneng, Berea, are hoards of sealed containers of medical waste dumped in a not-fully-fenced dumpsite by the hospitals based in Berea district. It has been almost three years since

NGO boss accused of diverting projects funds to form a party

NICOLE TAU Mabusetsa Lenka Thamae, National Coordinator for a non-profit organisation, Survivors of Lesotho Dams (SOLD), has found himself in hot water after claims of him exploiting the organisation's funds to form a political party emerged. Thamae has been accused of using the organisation’s resources to fund the formation of a newly

Working for Chinese: where sexual harassment is part of the job  

SECHABA MOKHETHI, PASCALINAH KABI and BILLY NTAOTE A Chinese construction company delivering a M1.3-billion Mpiti to Sehlabathebe road project accused of massive human rights violations has gone unpunished by authorities as it sweeps complaints under the carpet.  These violations include Basotho women working as flag ladies, cleaners or cooks being subjected to sexual harassment by

Illegal award of mining licences on LHDA sites blocked

MATIISETSO MOSALA Former Minister of Mining, Keketso Sello, illegally instructed his subordinates to award mining leases to a local joint venture company on 14 sites located on land that had been earmarked for the state to develop Polihali Dam related infrastructure. The land had been “set aside for public purposes” in Legal

How corruption, politics threw Lesotho into jumping China debt


Text by Sechaba Mokhethi, Pascalinah Kabi and Billy Ntaote Photos by Sechaba Mokhethi Data visualisations by Han Mu In a desperate bid to win the 2017 elections, former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili ordered the Ministry of Finance to disregard due procedure and swiftly take M1.3-billion Chinese loan that would see a 91-km road