MASERU-Former commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is back from his Southern African Development Community (SADC)-brokered sabbatical ahead of his counterparts army commander Lt-Gen. Maaparakoe Mahao and Police Commissioner Khothatso Tšooana.
The sabbatical dubbed leave of absence was conferred on the three security chiefs following fallout between their charges-police and the army resulting in bloody confrontations last year.
MASERU-The opposition bloc of parties comprising the former ruling parties the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Basotho National Party (BNP) and the Reformed Congress for Lesotho (RCL) say it is anything but amazing to note that the Premier Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili vowed to restore the reputation of government yet he has gone on to appoint persons of questionable reputation to the cabinet he leads. Speaking at a media briefing in Maseru last week, principals of the three parties lamented that the newly installed seven-party government is inclusive of persons with no respect for the country’s monarchy as had been seen in a recent case against His Majesty King Letsie III.
MASERU-The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to Lesotho who is also the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa officially closed the SADC Election Observer Mission office (SEOM) after it had duly completed its mission in the country.
The mission has been making commendable efforts in searching for a lasting and sustainable peace, security and political stability in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
A total of 74 members of SEOM mission arrived in the country from the 1st to 6th February this year, and were deployed in the country in all the ten districts of Lesotho to observe the general elections which took place on 28th February this year.
Maseru-Troubles seem to hover over the country’s main vocational and technical institute the Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP). The institute which became infamous for the ‘initiation’ annual event where first year students die at the hands of their senior counterparts is allegedly bankrupt after the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) wiped it clean of its financial deposits as it recovered the monies in which the institute was in debt of the revenue collector.
The bankruptcy saw the institute cancel its graduation ceremony which was set for the past weekend 28th March.
MASERU-A group Basotho men vying for the due implementation of good governance and conference with the provisions of lawfulness dubbed No to Lawlessness-‘Basotho ba Tšoenyehileng’ promised to take to the streets against incumbent Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili on Thursday 2nd April over the inauguration of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) duo Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane as members of His Majesty’s cabinet.
MASERU-Seed growers working under the auspices of the Seed and Marketing Project (SAMP) have expressed concern over the scarce market of their products particularly maize and beans.
Mokhethi Molefi, a seed grower under SAMP based in the Berea district said there are lots of bean seeds in their storage that have remained unsold because of low demand by the farmers who are the targeted primary buyers.
“About 90% of seeds were not been sold to farmers last year. We are still harvesting some beans this year and we think there is going to be a pile of beans in the storage,” explained Molefi.
MASERU-The leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) Dr. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane who until last week was the country’s Premier has warned the newly installed Premier and leader of former main opposition party the Democratic Congress (DC) Dr. PakalithaMosisili and the government he will lead to expect a very strong opposition during the tenure of office of the new administration.
Speaking at the event of the inauguration of the new Prime Minister at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru last week, Dr. Thabane acknowledged the opportunity given him by the people of Lesotho to be head of government albeit for a period cut short by indifferences between partners of the tripartite coalition formed by the ABC, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Basotho National Party (BNP) after the May 2012 general elections which had resulted in a hung parliament.
MASERU- The former Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, who is also the leader of Basotho National Party (BNP) Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane has refuted rumours that he had refused to surrender government vehicles which had been under his custody for the duration of his ministerial tenure which came to end following results the National Assembly snap elections held on 28th last month.
The former partner in the recent tripartite coalition pact whose tenure was aborted midway by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) brokered polls which were brought forward by two years, spoke to the Informative in an exclusive interview late last week following what he classified as a brew of an unfounded streak of hearsay suggesting that he rebuffed with the government property even though his tenure-hence right to utilise the vehicles fully under state custody-had lapsed.