Special Reports

In this section we feature the latest Special Reports from Lesotho

2022 elections under threat?

By Majirata Latela The 2022 elections are only 22 months away, and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is worried that it might not have enough time to prepare for credible National Assembly elections due to the protracted delay of new commissioners to assume office. The erstwhile IEC Commissioners, Mahapela Lehohla, ‘Mamosebi...
By ‘Majirata Latela After being hailed as the ultimate magic bullet that would breath much-needed life into Lesotho’s promising economy, the cannabis industry has lived up to initial concerns that the country is the perfect place to grow the herb but not to regulate it. The Mountain Kingdom became the first...
By Annie Kelly At one of the biggest garment factories in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, the managers never hired enough regular workers to complete the clothing orders that flooded in from Europe and the US. Instead, every morning, a few hours after the sewing machines had started whirring, a...

M14m lost to stock theft

By Majirata Latela Stock theft has been a perennial problem in Lesotho and, as it continues to intensify, experts say it impacts negatively on the economy of the country, with at least M14million having already been lost to the crime this year. Even though 80 percent of the population depends on...
By ‘Majirata Latela Take a lot of money, a plague, gluttonous politicians and incompetent and ignorant civil servants. Stir well. What do you get? A gang of voracious red-bellied piranhas raiding a carcass in a tiny cesspool. Indeed, millions of Maloti in taxpayers’ money have gone down the drain as the...