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Thabane Chinese Advisor Attacks Government

By Lekhetho Ntsukunyane Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s trade adviser, Yan Xie, has publicly voiced his disappointment at government for driving a wool and mohair policy that he argues is not beneficial to Lesotho. Universally known as “John”, the business tycoon of Chinese origin told amaBhungane in a rare interview in Johannesburg this

Negligent LEC defies Ombudsman

…as 24-year struggle for compensation by Mafura siblings who lost their mother to electrocution sees no end KEISO MOHLOBOLI Twenty-four years on, the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) continues to decline compensating the Mohale’s Hoek-based Mafura siblings who lost their mother through electrocution in December 1994. The parastatal company only gave Rethabile (31)

Shady tenders continue to cloud Liqhobong 

KANANELO BOLOETSE A highly controversial contract between Liqhobong Mine Development Company and Basil Read Lesotho (BLR) continues to exist despite fraud charges levelled against the latter last month. Lesotho’s corruption watchdog, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO), has dragged to the Maseru Magistrates Court South Africa-based Basil Read Mining (Proprietary) Limited,

M400 million road investment threatened

KANANELO BOLOETSE MOKHOTLONG – Despite spending over M400 million reconstructing a 79-kilometre stretch of road between Oxbow and Mapholaneng some two years ago, government plans to preserve and prevent its premature deterioration have foundered. Although the road appears to be in fair condition the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism recently learnt of

Villagers await compensation in vain

…as China Geo and Alliance Insurance wrangle KANANELO BOLOETSE LERIBE – Two giant companies, China Geo Engineering Corporation and Alliance Insurance, are at loggerheads over how much each should pay towards the M10 million that 35 Leribe families are demanding for damages to their homes caused by ongoing roadworks. Massive ground vibrations caused

Hospital staff down tools over pay

…cripple health services in Thaba-Tseka By Lerato Matheka Over 50 employees of St James Mission Hospital in Thaba-Tseka have downed tools this week over unpaid salaries. The strike, which started on Tuesday, has since extended to the hospital’s three filter clinics, namely Lephoi, Popa and Marakabei, paralyzing health services in the

Kao mine, villagers in relocation feud

By Thuso Mosabala and Billy Ntaote A long-drawn-out dispute between Storm Mountain Diamond (SMD) and Kao communities took a new twist recently when villagers shot down the mine’s plans to relocate their homes affected by its extractive activities. The mine is set to relocate 32 households located in the Tiping village in

Mine dispute costs Lesotho M3 billion

Govt could pay another M3 billion if it loses court battle with Swissbourgh  By Billy Ntaote A protracted international investment dispute that has lasted 28 years between the Lesotho government and a South African owned diamond mining company, Swissbourgh, has cost the country a whopping close to M3 billion in legal

Fokothi probes missing M32million

By Lerato Matheka The Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) has instituted an internal audit of its financial books dating from as far back as 2007 following revelations of a missing M32 million, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. The audit comes two months after parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ordered the institution,