Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Gender-based violence undermines...
A key reason why health procurement, like all public contracting, is vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement is that it is often hidden from regular scrutiny. A recent report by Transparency International’s Open Contracting for Health project (OC4H) suggests ways to tighten the screws on...
It has been over a year since IEC commissioners were identified, but their assumption of office was put on hold by a lawsuit challenging the regularity of their appointment. So we attempt to delve into the critical issue of electoral integrity, as sentiment begin to emerge that...
We recently published a story detailing the catastrophic impact of looting on Lesotho’s efforts to combat Covid-19. This has also been a subject of wide coverage in the country’s media. We will not let the matter go just yet. Let’s take a global perspective...
The past few weeks have exposed a disturbing trend in Lesotho’s public service: the meddling of politicians in the appointment of civil servants. This problem starts right at the top, with the position of government secretary and principal secretaries. It goes down to junior...
More and more details are seeping through, of the magnitude of malpractices at the now defunct National Emergency Command Centre which was entrusted the responsibility of coordinating efforts to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. These basically suggest that the Thomas Thabane-led government’s M700million emergency health procurement budget had indeed become a...
In the past few days, many motorists have been up in arms condemning what they perceived to be the harshness of penalties meted out by the mobile traffic court. Officially launched in June this year, the mobile traffic court is a specialised judicial process...
In June this year, Human Rights Watch said the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in health services that require urgent attention in many African countries. It said African governments should urgently address healthcare deficiencies to meet the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing...
Virtually all primary, secondary and high school students in Lesotho are currently missing face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19. Many parents and educators thus share a common worry: When the pandemic subsides, kids will return to school with lower achievement. There are...
There is mounting evidence that the dreaded highly infectious Covid-19 pandemic is upon us, with the National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) this week announcing that Lesotho has recorded no less than 184 cases, and one death. This is a time for everyone across the spectrum...