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VILLAGERS around Mohale Dam, about 70km north-east of Maseru, are an unhappy lot. When the dam was built about 26 years ago, they were told that it would significantly improve their lives and would help them escape the wretched poverty. But two decades later, nothing of that sort has happened.

THE High Court has ordered the government to pay a M10.5 million debt to a fleet management company. The order granted by Justice ’Maseforo Mahase last week instructs the government to pay Fleet Services Lesotho, part-owned by Tehobo Tlokotsi, within 30 days. Fleet Services Lesotho had been fighting for payments from the government for several …

THE Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is facing a M150 000 lawsuit from a Mokhotlong villager who was assaulted by soldiers while carrying out his duties of stopping crime in the neighbourhood. Leoatle Letšela, who is the chairman of Mahokela Association in Ha-Lebopo, Mokhotlong district, says army boss Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela should pay him for …

A South African debt collector has reached a dubious deal with a Lesotho competitor for a lucrative government tender to collect debt from students who default on loans. The Lesotho company was promised R13-million to withdraw a court application challenging the award of the tender to its rival.

THE Basotho Action Party (BAP) says it has filled vacancies that were created by the mass resignations that rocked the party in the past two months. The new appointees are Ralitapole Letsoela, Teboho Lehloenya, Mothea Mpharoane, Makoala Marake and Mothepu Monku who are now members of the party’s working committee.

THREE Lesotho police officers and two ordinary Basotho were arrested in Wepener, South Africa, while following up leads on stolen cattle. They were arrested on Thursday night but were released the following day after intervention by the government of Lesotho.

THE Ombudsman, Advocate Tlotliso Rapolaki, says 40 prison warders who tortured, injured inmates and killed one must be criminally investigated and prosecuted. Her recommendations come after hundreds of inmates at the Maseru Central Correctional Institution were beaten up following the escape of six prisoners on December 22 last year.

FOUR Basotho illegal miners were shot dead at a disused gold mine in Randfontein, South Africa, last weekend. The four men are from the two villages of Ha-Chabeli and Ha-Mohohlo in Taung, Mohale’s Hoek.

THE National University of Lesotho (NUL)’s non-academic staff downed tools yesterday in protest over what they called poor service delivery by the registrar’s office and discriminatory practices. They were also demanding that the university provides them with a salary advance when they run into financial difficulties.

TWO Chinese companies that were part of a joint venture that won the M379 million contract for the upgrading of Mpilo Boulevard allegedly used a forged bank document to receive an advance payment from the Maseru City Council (MCC).

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