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Chief Magistrate recuses self from Lehata rape case

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE & THUSO MOSABALA Chief Magistrate ’Matankiso Nthunya has recused herself from a case in which former law and constitutional affairs minister, Mootsi Lehata, is accused of raping a minor. Lehata, 49, is currently on a M500 bail after he first appeared before the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on July 10, 2018, on a

Why SA blocked Lesotho’s wool in transit to China

BILLY NTAOTE Lesotho Wool Centre’s failure to secure a veterinary transit (export) permit has caused its 1248 bales of wool worth M21 million and destined for China to be barred from passing through South Africa. The wool, ferried in 12 trucks from Thaba-Bosiu in the Maseru outskirts but was dramatically barred entry into South Africa at

Auditor-General in part-time study brawl

LEKHETHO NTSUKUNYANE Over 20 employees in Office of the Auditor-General have approached parliament’s portfolio committee on Economic and Development Cluster, accusing their boss of denying them eight-week study leave, arguably mandatory to public servants on part-time training. The disgruntled government auditors want the National Assembly to intervene in their lingering dispute with Auditor-General Lucy Liphafa over the

Ombudsman nullifies bogus promotions

SECHABA MOKHETHI Ombudsman Leshoele Thoahlane has quashed promotion of ‘Mabakubung Pitso from the position of Financial Controller to Finance Director – Revenue at the Ministry of Finance, reversing decisions on four other positions affected by the promotion. MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism learned Pitso was further promoted to the position of Deputy Accountant General–Cash Management, the one

Cooperative boss blamed for foiled audit

…accuses commissioner of witch-hunt BILLY NTAOTE and MPHO THAA THAA The Chief Executive Officer of Co-op Lesotho Neo Theoha is under fire from the Cooperatives regulator for allegedly frustrating an audit of the cooperative’s books. This is after the Commissioner of Cooperatives Maphamoli Lekoetje received insider’s reports that prime land of the cooperative was illegally being developed under

Hippo snubs Co-op Lesotho over bribe claims

BILLY NTAOTE and MPHO THAA THAA A deal to amend a 25 years sub-lease agreement of a prime land owned by Co-op Lesotho located in Botha-Bothe town acquired by Hippo Transport for M700, 000.00 has backfired after the sub-lessee abandoned signing amendment deal. The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learned the Cooperative has now given

Co-op Lesotho revival long overdue

…smacks of corruption threaten total shutdown BILLY NTAOTE and MPHO THAA THAA A drive for the renaissance of Cooperatives in Lesotho is under threat as one erstwhile success story Cooperative battles to shake-off its dark past riddled with mismanaged funds and corruption that drove it into near collapse. Co-op Lesotho, known to have been the mother-body to

Financial crisis rocks Blue Cross

Fails to account for M6 million annual budget Assets exposed to misappropriationBeset with irregular accounting practices KEISO MOHLOBOLI Lesotho’s only national rehabilitation centre for drug and alcohol addicts, Blue Cross, has shut its doors amid indications that the institution is in financial crisis owing to a stand-off with its parent, the Ministry of Health. The Blue Cross Thaba-Bosiu Centre was

NDSO guzzles health budget

Minister suspects corruption LERATO MATHEKA Health Minister Nkaku Kabi is an unhappy man over multimillions of Maloti that government spends in procurement of medical products at the National Drug Service Organisation. The Mafeteng-based NDSO guzzles M450 million a year from the ministry’s coffers, placing it second receiving largest chunk of the health sector’s

Thabane ‘dumps’ trade advisor

 "I have no trade advisor, I have never had such because trade advisors are civil servants,” says PM Thabane.  Xie admits Lesotho government indeed awarded him tenders to supply red meat. PASCALINAH KABI Prime Minister Dr Thomas Motsoahae Thabane has disowned controversial Chinese businessman Yan Xieas his trade advisor amid allegations that