DC-LCD election pact tightens the screws

In an effort to strengthen their campaign, aiming for a landslide in the June 3, 2017 poll, the Democratic Congress party of prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili, MP, are planning a road show that will take their to 26 constituencies to drum up more support.

The party’s secretary general, Semano Sekatle, says a delegation from party headquarters in the capital Maseru shall visit their branches and sub-branches at the following constituencies to advice them on the ramifications of their electoral pact, with Lesotho Congress for Democracy party. The meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017.

Constituencies in question are as follows:Maputsoe, Likhetlane, Teyateyaneng, Thupakubu, Berea, Khubetsoana, Stadium Area, Maseru, Lithabaneng, Abia, Maama, Qeme, Mechechane, Mahobong, Matlakeng, Thabanamorena, Hololo, Thabaphats’oa, Pelats’oeu, Hlotse, Tsikoane, Kolonyama, Mosalemane, Ts’oanamakhulo and Qalo. RK.

 

 

So much to learn for Lesotho from this article on how to run government efficiently

Stay of execution for Gordhan as South Africa bids farewell to Ahmed Kathrada 3/32

Ranjeni MunusamyEMAIL
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President Jacob Zuma is apparently determined to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, telling the ANC’s top officials that there was an irretrievable breakdown in their relationship. While the officials, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, accepted his explanation, they advised Zuma that he could not fire Gordhan and retain the poorly performing ministers in the Cabinet. The officials also rejected Brian Molefe as the candidate to replace Gordhan. While the president has undertaken to think through the matter, South Africa will have the opportunity to mourn and lay to rest Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

As it turned out, Pravin Gordhan and his director-general Lungisa Fuzile flew back to South Africa from London on Monday night for no reason whatsoever. The axe that looms over Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas’s heads did not fall on Tuesday, as expected. In fact, Gordhan, Jonas and Fuzile were apparently puzzled about whether they needed to present themselves to the Presidency or wait to be contacted.

It is understood that Zuma wants to fire Gordhan and Jonas, and to suspend Fuzile. It is unclear what the grounds for Fuzile’s suspension would be. The message sent to Gordhan in London was that he and the director-general should return to South Africa.

On a day when the country was coming to terms with the death of former Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada, it also had to contend with rumours that Gordhan had resigned and try to figure out why he and Fuzile were at the ANC’s headquarters, Luthuli House. As the director-general of the National Treasury, it was particularly confounding as to why Fuzile was at the party offices.

But if there is anything the Zuma presidency has taught us, it is that logic and rationality have little to do with what happens in politics.

The question remains: why was the international investor roadshow to the United Kingdom and United States abruptly cancelled when it targeted multitrillion-rand worth of investment? In a statement on Tuesday, the Treasury said that in eight hours in London, Gordhan and his delegation had five face-to-face meetings with 60 representatives of fund managers including BlackRock, T.Rowe, Aberdeen, Eaton Vance, Vanguard, Investec, Metlife and Apollona, and 28 investors in a combined lunch. They also met rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s and had a teleconference with Standard & Poors.

According to the Treasury, the top concerns raised by the ratings agencies and investors were around economic growth, fiscal policy and South Africa’s politics. The latter concern could not have been helped much by Zuma’s instruction that the trip be cancelled and that Gordhan should return home.

So why did Zuma do it? Was it simply to humiliate Gordhan and Jonas, and show them who’s boss? Or did Gordhan do something to infuriate Zuma, prompting him to rescind authorisation for the trip?

Zuma’s assertion that there is an irretrievable breakdown in his relations with Gordhan suggests that there was a tipping point. Considering the timing of Zuma’s decision to recall the Treasury team, it could be Gordhan’s comments at a breakfast event on Friday that annoyed the president.

Mafekefeke a re Basotho ba se itšoenye ka ba hlahletseng nyeoe

Bamameli ba Mafekefeke a Labobeli bosiu ba itse nyeoe e ka lekhotleng la molao oa motheo e holim’a ho qhaloa ha paramente le ho bitsoa ha likhetho tse akaretsang ke Motlotlehi, ke taba ea beng ba eona, ha e thibele sechaba ho itlhophela likhetho.

 

Ka ho rialo, ba re ba nang le thahasello ea likhetho e le oona mokhoa o nepahetseng oa ho fetola puso le ho beha tonakholo e ncha, ba se itube ka nyeoe eo ka ha e le ea ba tsetselelang hore Motlotlehi a nkoe a tlotse molao oa motheo, ka lebaka leo, a otloe linala, a laeloe ho fetohela boeletsi ba molao boo a bo amohetseng ho tonakholo ea hae ea molao. Nyeoe e hlahletsoe ke benghali Joang Molapo le Edward Haae Phoofolo.

 

Taba e utloahetseng melomong ea ba bangata ke hore likhetho tsena e tla ba tsa mofuta oa tsona ka ha e le tsa pele tsa selekane sa mahatammoho, moo mekha e ’meli e meholo ea oona e tlang ho khekhethelana mabatooa, ha litho tsa selekane sa Khokanyanaphiri tsona li khoaelletsoe koetla. Mekha eo, ke Potoana le Nonyana e Kholo.

 

Democractic Congress e tla ema mabatooeng a 54, Nonyana e Kholo hoa a 25, e be a tsoela Khoeetsa ea Sechaba ho le le leng, le hoja eonae tla ’ne e iteke mabatooeng ohle a naha moo mahatammoho ao a emeng teng.

 

Ba balang marang rang, ba re taba ena e bonahala e hlahile bohanyetsi ka leihlong le sa boneng hoo bo qalelletseng ho ngoapana, bo tsekisana hore e mong o thibetse ka motsoetseng, ba ka ’na ba phonyohuoa ke khaka hoja ba se ba e tšoere, ba saletsoe ke ho e soenetsa molala feela.

 

Lenaneo le ne le tsamaisoa ke Chalale Mokhethi, e le lekhetlo la hae la pele a tsoa le tsona, lenaneong lena la likhang tse thata tsa lipolotiki tsa mekha ea Lesotho. RK.

 

Mafekefeke a re Basotho ba se itšoenye ka ba hlahletseng nyeoe

Bamameli ba Mafekefeke a Labobeli bosiu ba itse nyeoe e ka lekhotleng la molao oa motheo e holim’a ho qhaloa ha paramente le ho bitsoa ha likhetho tse akaretsang ke Motlotlehi, ke taba ea beng ba eona, ha e thibele sechaba ho itlhophela likhetho.

 Ka ho rialo, ba re ba nang le thahasello ea likhetho e le oona mokhoa o nepahetseng oa ho fetola puso le ho beha tonakholo e ncha, ba se itube ka nyeoe eo ka ha e le ea ba tsetselelang hore Motlotlehi a nkoe a tlotse molao oa motheo, ka lebaka leo, a otloe linala, a laeloe ho fetohela boeletsi ba molao boo a bo amohetseng ho tonakholo ea hae ea molao. Nyeoe e hlahletsoe ke benghali Joang Molapo le Edward Haae Phoofolo.

 Taba e utloahetseng melomong ea ba bangata ke hore likhetho tsena e tla ba tsa mofuta oa tsona ka ha e le tsa pele tsa selekane sa mahatammoho, moo mekha e ’meli e meholo ea oona e tlang ho khekhethelana mabatooa, ha litho tsa selekane sa Khokanyanaphiri tsona li khoaelletsoe koetla. Mekha eo, ke Potoana le Nonyana e Kholo.

 Democractic Congress e tla ema mabatooeng a 54, Nonyana e Kholo hoa a 25, e be a tsoela Khoeetsa ea Sechaba ho le le leng, le hoja eonae tla ’ne e iteke mabatooeng ohle a naha moo mahatammoho ao a emeng teng.

 Ba balang marang rang, ba re taba ena e bonahala e hlahile bohanyetsi ka leihlong le sa boneng hoo bo qalelletseng ho ngoapana, bo tsekisana hore e mong o thibetse ka motsoetseng, ba ka ’na ba phonyohuoa ke khaka hoja ba se ba e tšoere, ba saletsoe ke ho e soenetsa molala feela.

 Lenaneo le ne le tsamaisoa ke Chalale Mokhethi, e le lekhetlo la hae la pele a tsoa le tsona, lenaneong lena la likhang tse thata tsa lipolotiki tsa mekha ea Lesotho. RK.

 

Kathrada family shuns Zuma

JOHANNESBURG – Reliable sources have told eNCA Ahmed Kathrada’s family have requested that President Jacob Zuma not speak at his funeral.

Kathrada (87) died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after a short illness.

After a long life dedicated to the various phases of the struggle against apartheid, Kathrada was vocal in his public criticism of the government formed by the ANC of which he remained a loyal member until the very end.

His ire was particularly reserved for the head of state, President Jacob Zuma.  In an open letter to Mr Zuma he outlined his long dedication to the cause of dismantling apartheid.

He castigated himself for ‘not speak[ing] out’ on various aspects of the president’s public life, including Nkandla, his association with the Gupta family, among other concerns.  He said he had thought the ‘NEC would have dealt with this as the collective leadership of the ANC’.

In the wake of the Constitutional Court judgment on the president’s handling of the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, Kathrada did not mince his words.

“I am not a political analyst, but I am now driven to ask: “Dear Comrade President, don’t you think your continued stay as president will only serve to deepen the crisis of confidence in the government of the country?”

He went on to call for the president to resign to avoid further tarnishing of Zuma’s “outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle”.

“I know that if I were in the president’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect,” Kathrada wrote.

The president has deployed his deputy to represent government at ‘Uncle Kathy’s farewell’ on Wednesday.

Dr Monyamane’s mother to be laid to rest, Saturday

The mother of friend, Dr ‘Molotsi Monyamane is to be laid to rest this Saturday. She was 94 years old. Some of the successes of her child which she had an opportunity to experience was to see him take oath of allegiance for his ministerial post in the Ministry of Health, in 2015.

Monyamane is also doing well in the primaries that will allow him run for the Matsieng constituency on the Democratic Congress ticket, come June 3, 2017 general election.

Basotho ba eletsoa ho itamolela ka molamu ho litlokotsebe tsa Afrika Boroa

 Probono Publico ea Labobeli lena e re bosaoana ba makoloi a Basotho a khaoletsoang ke linokoane tse ka Foreisetsta, lia thibela ho feta a nkile baeti ba molao, bo ka felisoa ke hore Basotho ba pole ngoana ea emang ka pel’a makoloi a bona a iphetotse lepolesa.

Rev Mosiuoa John Matsora o re o ne a itamolele ho litlokotsebe tsa Fikiseberekhe tse neng li thibela koloi ea hae, li re a theole baeti ba kene ho a batho ba torotsoana eo, e be tsona tse ba isang Khauteng. O re o ne a fohle linokoane tseo ka kolitšana, mapolesa a ba a e kena empa a ne a ikhakantse ha li ne li mo tsohela matla.

Sebolai Sebolai eena o re o ne a pole linokoane tse sebeletsang borokhong ba Maseru ka lehlakoreng la Afrika Boroa, ha li utloa sepolo tsa matha tsa ea ikakhela ka nokeng, ea ba hona mapolesa a e kenang. 

Micheal Letele eena o itse taba ena ea mapolesa le linokoane ke kobo-a-nela, le Lesotho mona ho ntse ho le joalo, batho ba secheloa pontšeng ea mopolesa ka har’a toropo ea Maseru, ’me le eena o se a kile a itamolela ka ho pola linokoane, ea nt’o ba hona mapolesa a reng hlasi-hlasi. 

Litaba tsena kaofela li ne li araba bothata ba Basotho ba tšelelang ka Afrika Boroa ba ilo reka, ba tsamaea ka likoloi tse molaong le bona ba tšoere litokomane tsa molao, feela ba hlorisoa ke linokoane tsa malibohong ka Afrika Boroa; bopaki ba litaba tsena ke bese ea Monate e ileng ea pshatloa ke bashanyana ba likoeta ba babeli ba Fikiseberekehe, pontšeng ea mapolesa a leliboho.

Mapolesa a Afrika Boroa, a ole a ikhakanyetsa taba eo ho fihlela e kenoa ke liofisiri tsa ’muso oa Lesotho, ea ba hona mapolesa a Afrika Boroa a lumelang ho bula nyeoe khahlanong le linokoane tseo, ho rialo ntate Moqenehelo Monate, mong’a bese e neng e nkile bo-mmathoto ba mashome a mahlano e ba isa Thekong.

’Manthabiseng Sefuthi eena o tiisitse hore mapolesa a Afrika Boroa a hlile a ameha ka kotloloho litlolong tsa molao tse etsahallang Basotho ka le reng o ntse a e-na le nyeoe khahlanong le mapolesa a Sebokeng a kileng a ba k’hothotsa likete tse robong tsa maloti, ea re ha nyeoe e se e kene, a e tsamaisa ka tsela e qeteletsenge e etsa hore e ke hoja ba se ba sena thahasello ho eona.

Ho boetse ha hlahella maikutlo a reng, Basotho ba sebetsang litotomeng ba sena litokelo tsa ho phela le ho sebetsa Afrika Boroa, ba iphelela ha monate le hona ka bolokolohi hobane bona ha ba je moshe, ha ba tsoafe ho ichapa ka motho ea emang tseleng ea bona, e le lepolesa kapa e se lona, ka lebaka leo, beng ba makoloi ba ke ba kope malebela banneng bao ba likobo. RK.

 

Justice in other jurisdictions. I wish we had a similar arrangement in Lesotho

Man caught holding eight women captive at luxury home and calling them his diamond kitties

Jon Sharman22 hrs ago.
© Provided by Independent Print LimitedAn alleged human trafficker is facing more than 200 years in prison after he was accused of holding eight women captive in a luxury house and calling them his “diamond kitties”.Kenndric Roberts, 33, was said to have gone online to lure the young women to a rented $1m (£800,000) home in Atlanta, Georgia, with the promise of modelling work.

But police say instead the alleged gang member made them work at strip clubs and give him the money—and threatened to kill or mutilate them if they fled.

According to NBC News, detectives wrote in court documents that one of the women had “stated that Kendrick had threatened her on numerous times, one instance where he stated he was going to pay someone to cut her chest open, take out the implants and cut her up”.

Mike Maloof, for Mr Roberts, told a court his client was a “poor man’s Hugh Hefner” and that the women had not been forced to stay, NBC reported.

He told reporters: “If you felt threatened, why didn’t you leave on such and such a day? One of the women went on vacation with her mother. He gave them $1,000 to fly out. That’s not somebody being held against their will.”

On Thursday a judge dismissed a number of charges against Mr Roberts but a grand jury chose to indict him the following day.

He faces trafficking, false imprisonment and firearms charges, and a total of 205 years behind bars if convicted. Police said he called the women, aged from 19 to 22, his “diamond kitties” and made them get gang tattoos.

One of the women told a 911 emergency operator: “I’m in a really bad situation and I need to get out. I was planning on leaving today.” Her “boss” threatened to kill her, the 20-year-old said.

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Lesotho’s AD refutes allegations over Bidvest deal

Sunday 26 March 2017 20:49

Nthakoana Ngatane

Lesotho opposition party – Alliance of Democrats – says it does not believe SADC Facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should be blamed for Lesotho awarding a multibillion rand fleet management contract to BidVest, and negative sentiments about Ramaphosa are not enough to call for his removal.

Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki says while they are disappointed SADC didn’t demand that Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili step down after losing a vote of no confidence, they believe the Facilitator will be instrumental in creating a conducive environment ahead of the June 3 elections.

The most significant outcome of the SADC extraordinary summit for Lesotho is that The Facilitator and Oversight Committee should convene a multi stakeholder dialogue to build trust ahead of The June 3 elections.

“That is in the hands of the facilitator, we will be waiting for the facilitator to tell us the date and we hope that he will be working with the government to arrange that kind of a dialogue,” said deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.  However, negative sentiments against Ramaphosa seem to be growing.

“Some our partners have lost confidence in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa but it is not to the extent that we can say he should be removed. I personally believe the SADC decision is in line with our idea to have a process like CODESA and the deputy president who did it for south africa can do it for Lesotho,” Moleleki  said.

Moleleki who was the Minister of Police before leaving the Democratic Congress, believes Ramaphosa played no part in the decision to award the contract to Bidvest.

Last week the Lesotho government cancelled the Bidvest contract. The controversy is cited as one of the reasons that led to a split in Prime Minister Mosilili’s Democratic Congress and the motion of no confidence in him.

Ba tšoaetsoeng boemeli ba Lesotho linaheng tse ling.

Tumelo Raboletsi             Pretoria

Apesi Ratšele                     Berlin.

Thuso Green                      Tokyo.

’Mamoeketsi Mpho        Dublin.

Limakatso Mokhothu     Ottawa.

Ratokelo Nkoka                  Durban Consulate.

John Motsamai                   Johannesburg Consulate.

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