I conquered ‘Moteng Pass, now Thaba-Putsoa, Mphosong is next.

Bicycle is such a great fun, I should have discovered it in my youthful years, but as they say everytime is tea time, I am forgetting the past and just push g forward into the world of unknown.

About a month a20160329_144955go I cycled with friends through the ‘Moteng Pass in the Butha Buthe district, it was a real challenge but through the grace of God I made it. It took me two and a half hours to climb a seven kilometre steep.

This time around I did it on famous Thaba Putsoa, along the Mountain Road. It took me, riding alone to travel from the Basotho Pony stables, through the pass, down to Mohale Lodge. It was easy.20160329_154819

After dropping my luggage in the hotel I made it to the Mohale Dam, more challenging that the Thaba Putsoa.  The has twist and turns and many steep ascends and descends.  Very tough on the legs. I came back after sunset  in a a cold breeze.

I was welcomed into a warm hotel room, hot bath and delicious foods to nourished the worked out body. More pictures when I do the updates.

Part of my everyday nutrtion

These are the food that I nourish my body with, daily and I advice you to try them. You will not regret you did.

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They are all raw, the Word of God straight out of the holy book is good for your spirit and mind. Similarly, red pepper from the garden to your mouth is good for you, more so with the winter approaching.

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Take as much water as you can possibly can. Not forgetting to exercise regularly. I cycle to work and back everyday.

Direct benefits of rural electrification projects in villages of Lesotho

In these pictures , seen are men of Makhalaneng on their payday, for some the first in  over ten years. They are posing for a photo with the contractor,  Mr Mike Lesehe. It is the first time in the history of this rural for a contractor to hire some 121 workers in a single payroll.

Also, are pictures of some equipment showing the amount of work that has been done and yet to be done. The M7m plus work is scheduled to last six weeks.

Death is part of every day life in Lesotho

This picture is one of many in Lesotho. Whereas in the fore years death used to be a scary affair in this Kingdom,  it has since become a popular event for people to hear the latest gospel and pop music as well as great speeches and comedy. This car rolled out of the A1 North Highway, near Sechaba High School, Kolonyama, Leribe, Sunday night.

People, particularly women take advantage of funerals to show off their latest fashions, for men it is an occasion to show off their most shiny cars and utility vehicles. Both men and women find it a suitable occasion place to socialise, drink and dine like they are are at a royal banquet.

Road accidents caused by drunken drivers and gun shot wounds have a lion’s share in making Lesotho one country that tips the scales when it comes to the deaths and funerals. In fact,  people have since begun to trade farmlands for mutuaries  and money making insurance policies and savings for funeral policy covers.

Some Chinese civil engineering projects in Lesotho

 

Leribe, Lesotho—These waterways on one of the Chinese civil engineering projects at Ha Leshoele, some 90km north of the capital Maseru are the first and best of all waterways that goes with road construction either by Lesotho, South African or Chinese road builders in Lesotho.

The waterways caught my eye, Friday, as I was travelling in that area. The question I asked myself was: “Why can’t government engineers and environmentalists enforce similar compliance in every civil engineering undertaking.”

Aid that was used to buy votes

Teyateyaneng, Lesotho—The structures in the picture are one of many that were erected all over Lesotho to buy votes for the 2015 general elections, rather than contribute towards the sustainable development of the impoverished kingdom.

This green house has never been put to use, even during the worst droought of 2015/16. As a matter of fact, it does not seem like it will ever be. It has begun to break and no one seems to care. The government and its owner have left it to rot.

It is the view of most enteprenuers and farmers that the donor countries and their philanthropists should reconsider their donor policy to include direct grants or loans to private enteprenuers and farmers for the kingdom to realise sustainable development.

Days of Dr Timothy Thahane in court not over yet

Maseru, Lesotho—The Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) says they are not yet through with Dr Timothy Thahane, former minister of finance and natural resources in the previous government of Lesotho.

Adv Sefako Seema, head of the legal department of the DCEO says they are busy working on the appeal papers to be filed soon, against the High Court ruling that favoured Thahane in a matter where he had corruption charges against him, in relation to the collapsed agricultural scheme some seven years ago.

Justice Tseliso Monaphathi acquitted Thahane at the end of the crown case, saying the prosecution had not established a prima facie case for the former senior official of The World Bank and The Reserve Bank of South Africa to answer.

In another case, Thahane was charged with three others, namely Mosito Khethisa (former Principal Secretary in the ministry of finance, under the then minister Timothy Thahane), Civa Innovations and Management (Pty) Ltd and Mokhethi Moshoeshoe.

Their charges were based on the allegation that Thahane and Khethisa had facilitated a fraudulent transaction of state funds to CIVA Innovations Management (Pty) Ltd who were supposedly contracted to handle a wool an mohair business on behalf of the government of Lesotho.

The three negotiated a Plea and Sentence Agreement with the crown, which were subsequently reduced to a Court Order that: Withdrew all charges against Accused No. four (Moshoeshoe) in his personal capacity.

Accused No. two, Mr Khethisa was convicted on a charge of contravening section 22 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption and Economic Offences Act, 1999 as amended.

Khethisa was as a consequence, sentenced as thus: A fine of M30,000.00 or 12 months imprisonment.

Accused No. three, Messrs CIVA Innovations Management was convicted on a charge of fraud as set out in count two, in the indictment and on a charge of contravening section 22 (2) of the prevention of Corruption and Economic Offences Act of 1999 as amended.

CIVA was sentenced to a fine of M100,000.00 and to compensate the Government of Lesotho in the sum of M6,500,000.00.

No order was made against Dr Timothy Thahane, as he wasn’t part of the plea negotiations, rather, the prosecution have started work on the separation of the trial that will see him summoned back to court in front of a different judge, so says the prosecution, sooner rather than later.

Justice Molefi Makara., Presiding Judge.

Mr Penzhorn SC with Mr Seema for the Crown.

Mr Ntsebeza SC with Miss Qofa for Accused No. 1 (Dr Thahane) and Mr Schalkwyk SC for Accused Nos. 2, 3, 4 (Khethisa, CIVA and Moshoeshoe.)

Date March 09, 2016.

Case: CRI/T/0092/14

Blood transfusion debate in Lesotho taken to a higher level

Maseru, Lesotho—Debate on voluntary blood transfusion, has been criticised by listeners of an evening  talk-show on Moafrika FM, Tuesday. They argued that, in most cases, shortage of blood is subsequent to crime and reckless driving, perpetrators should, therefore, be forced by law to contribute own blood into the blood bank reserves.

This, they said subsequent to the  minister of health’s interview on a sister talk-show Lephola la Moafrika  in which he pleaded with the general populace to donate blood in order to safe lives. Dr ‘Molotsi Monyamane said festive days and labour ward operations during child birth are the most trying.

The listeners proposed that parliament should make a legislation that will allow courts of law to, when sentencing, to order the convicts to contribute a certain amount of own blood to the public blood bank.

Similarly, men and women who are in the business of manufacturing children, particularly men, once their wives or girl friends, start their pregnancy,  should be forced to contribute blood, by law.

On the voluntary level, the prime minister, ministers, senior government officials, parliamentarians, judiciary etc etc should be forced by law to contribute blood four times a year.

As for those in in liquor business, public transport, male initiation institutions and others whose businesses are known to have a role in accidents should be charged a blood levy tied to their licencesite.  That levy, be used to compensate those who can only part with their pint of blood for a fee. Ends.

Six die in a road accident at Ha Lebenkele Mafeteng

Mafeteng, Lesotho—Six people died, many seriously injured in a road accident, Monday morning when the driver of a mini bus taking them to work and school lost control of a fast moving vehicle, after hitting a pot-hole and rolled many times.

Of the six dead, three are pre-school kids and three adults. The injuries include broken and cut-off limbs as well as deep wounds. The number of the injured and the state of the driver, at the time of accident has not yet been established.

Lesotho is notorious for reckless driving that claims many lives throughout the year, some caused by  drunken drivers, some by fatigue due to driving long hours without proper rest.

 

Traffic law enforcement are also alleged to be very lenient when dealing with reckless drivers. It is rare that a driver who, because of his/her reckless driving people die or get injured ends up in courts of law and be sentenced accordingly. Bribery is said to be the main factor in this lenience. Ends.

Hooliganism is rife in Lesotho football

A-Division football is increasingly, becoming an extremely violent sport in Lesotho, that needs an urgent attention of the local police to put back to order. Otherwise numbers will continue to decline at stadiums as people fear for their lives.

Mr Mothusi Letsie, Public Relations Manager of the division’s management committee, this season alone, there has been six violent incidents at various matches across the breadth of the country.

This, he said in an interview with MOAFRIKA SPORT ACADEMY a radio sport talk show that goes deeper into the administration of various sporting codes in Lesotho, covering issues of training, sponsorships, medicine, grounds and tracks, security and many more.

To this end, Mr Letsie says: “I am not aware of arrests and convictions related to violence that has been taking place at our matches in the very presence of the Lesotho Police.”