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Top post for key witness in first lady’s murder

MNNCIJ Team A key witness in the high-profile murder case of Lipolelo Thabane, the former Prime Minister’s estranged wife, has landed a lucrative diplomatic job, leading to suspicions that her appointment is an attempt to appease or silence her. The witness, Thato Sibolla, is due to testify against the former First Lady,

Botswana rhino poaching worsens as government dithers

Oscar Nkala KASANE- Rhino poaching in Botswana is getting worse, and the government is not helping matters in any way due to its split attitude on the crisis. On the one hand, the government of President Mokgweetsi Masisi—in power since 2018—acknowledges the seriousness of the crisis but, when it suits it, the

ABC MPs trade govt land for cannabis shares

SECHABA MOKHETHI and NICOLE TAU Two All Basotho Convention (ABC) ex-MPs and former minister Chalane Phori have given out a state land that they are accused of illegally occupying to an Australian medical cannabis producer in return for shares in the company. Thabiso Monyatsi, Majoro Mohapi and Phori, were ordered by the

Rushed airport contract scrapped

SA’s Acsa appointed amid fears that Moshoeshoe I could fail looming audit Billy Ntaote The Lesotho government appointed South Africa’s state-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) as its adviser and supervisor in a hastily launched M500-million airport rehabilitation project – in breach of procurement regulations. The Transport Ministry was subsequently forced to

Graft-hit Machabeng College falls from grace

NICOLE TAU Machabeng College, Lesotho’s only elite school and sixth-form college, has lost its accreditation and membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS) amid serious allegations of fraud and maladministration against its headmistress, Jannalee Schwimmer. The CIS communicated its decision to withdraw Machabeng’s accreditation in November last year and membership was

Water, water everywhere…but not a drop to drink

Lindiwe Hloaele aged 21, in the middle of her journey home to Thabaneng village, mounting a rocky slope with 25 litres of water on her head. She gets her water from an unprotected well located next to Katse Dam that shows in the background. Disease stalks villages, as Lesotho sells water

Fears of third Covid wave in Lesotho

MATIISETSO MOSALA Lesotho has just emerged from a terrible second wave of Covid-19 in which 309 people died – and now there are predictions that a third wave may be imminent. There are fears that a flood of Basotho workers returning from South Africa for Easter could trigger a new surge in

Questionable Chinese firm bungles road blasting

MATIISETSO MOSALA The Chinese state-owned construction firm, China Geo-Engineering Corporation, has bungled road blasting at Letobong in the Botha Bothe district, causing major damage to houses and allegedly failing to repair them adequately. This is the second controversy China Geo has been embroiled in over damage to houses caused by roadworks. First incident

Minister, MPs in govt tractors grab

MNNCIJ Reporters Minister of Agriculture Tefo Mapesela sold government tractors and implements valued at M11-million to himself, other ministers, MPs, the Speaker of the National Assembly Sephiri Motanyane and President of the Senate ‘Mamonaheng Mokitimi, an investigation has established. The equipment was sold at a subsidised price, and people in leadership positions