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Limkokwing boss says all is well



Limkokwing University (LUFC) head coach Ntlaloe Ntlaloe says he is satisfied with his team’s performance in the Vodacom Premier League so far.
LUFC are 10th on the log with eight points from seven games and Ntlaloe says that is a positive for them given this is their debut season in the Premier League.

In their seven games to start the campaign, LUFC have already faced a juggernaut line-up of defending champions Bantu, Lioli and Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS), and despite losing all three of those games, Limkokwing have given a good account of themselves.

Limkokwing won a promotion at the end of last season alongside ACE Maseru and both newcomers have at least managed to garner some points in comparison to CCX and Naughty Boys who are yet to register a single point this term.

Ntlaloe said keeping the core of the team that won promotion has helped the team’s cohesion immensely and while he is disappointed with the manner in which they have conceded goals, Ntlaloe insisted he is impressed with his side’s application.

He said having to face big teams such as Bantu and Lioli challenged his players but the effort they put into the games showed that they are coping with the elite league.
The 2-1 defeat against Lioli last weekend was a game of moments and LUFC’s inexperience showed as they failed to manage the key moments of the game which allowed Lioli to take advantage.

“That (game) should have been a draw, we conceded that second goal in the 98th minute, my players lost concentration and Lioli were lucky to get that goal. But those are the learning curves (in the Premier League), we need to deal with it and play better in our next games,” the Limkokwing mentor said.

Ntlaloe said LUFC have had to adapt their team structure and game-plan on a game-by-game basis due to the unavailability of some players. Some of his players are students and still have to accommodate their studies while others are working.

Limkokwing have another tough game coming up this weekend when they face Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on Saturday at Ha Ratjomose.
Ntlaloe said they are already plotting how to beat LDF who have been struggling in the Premier League. After an impressive second place finish last season, this campaign has been the complete opposite for ‘Sohle-Sohle’.

The army side are one place above the relegation zone after six games and they will see the game against Limkokwing as a chance for them to bounce back and end a run of two losses in a row.

“LDF must be ready for the weekend,” Ntlaloe countered.

“We are planning for them, the strategies and techniques are going to be different for this game.”

Ntlaloe sang the praises of his captain Lemohang Lintša and backed the striker to break the Premier League’s goal-scoring record.
The single season scoring record is 30 goals which was set by LDF striker Lire Phiri in the 2000/01 league campaign.

So far, Lintša has scored eight goals in seven matches which is 90 percent of the Limkokwing goals have scored this term proving he can also do it in the Premier League after he terrorised defenders in the A-Division last season.

“Playing against big teams or not, Lintša was meant to be a top scorer, so I wish those in power (Lesotho national team) will use him when they see a chance to,” Ntlaloe said.

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Ex-policeboss blames Ramaphosa for Mahao death



FORMER Commissioner of Police Khothatso Tšooana says President Cyril Ramaphosa is to blame for the assassination of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao in 2016.
Tšooana made the bizarre claim while testifying as the 11th witness in the high profile murder case on Tuesday.
He did not give details to back up his claim.

Tšooana only said Ramaphosa, the SADC-appointed mediator in Lesotho’s chaotic political upheavals, “was not fair in his mediation in the Lesotho affairs”.
He told the Zimbabwean judge, Justice Charles Hungwe, that had it not been because of Ramaphosa, Mahao could not have died.

“Maaparankoe Mahao could not have died,” he told the court.

He told the court that he did not like Ramaphosa at all because of how he conducted himself as the SADC-appointed mediator.

“He did not mediate in Lesotho’s political turmoil in a fair manner,” he said.

Tšooana recalled that at the instigation of South Africa he, together with Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli who was fighting for the commander’s position with Lt Gen Mahao, were sent on leave outside the country.
Tšooana was taken to Algeria while Lt Gen Kamoli was destined for Uganda. Lt Gen Kamoli however ended up staying in South Africa while Lt Gen Mahao was sent to Sudan.

Tšooana said when they returned home, Ramaphosa showed his approval of Lt Gen Kamoli over them.
Tšooana, who became Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in just six years of service, told the court that he was being targeted for elimination together with Lt Gen Mahao under a cooked up mutiny.

“Indeed Mahao has died now,” he said.

“He died under the name of mutiny.”

He said they got intelligence that they were going to be killed.

“Those were terrifying moments,” Tšooana said.

“Things were not as relaxed as they are now,” he added.

He told the court that movement was not as easy as it is now.

Tšooana, who informed the court that he joined the police force in 2006, said Lt Gen Kamoli did have a good working relationship with him.
He said Lt Gen Kamoli was uncooperative when he wanted to interview soldiers he suspected of committing crimes.

Asked why he could not report the conspiracy to kill him, Tšooana responded that Lt Gen Mahao was killed and SADC took over.
He said everything was then reported to SADC.

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The Market suspect granted bail



A Maseru magistrate, Nthabiseng Moopisa, this week criticised the police and the prosecution for bringing poorly investigated criminal cases before court.
The magistrate said this as she granted Reabetsoe Bulane, 30, a M1 500 bail in a case in which he is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the toilets of The Market at Maseru Mall.

Magistrate Moopisa, while granting the bail, criticised the police for their shoddy job in investigating the case.
Magistrate Moopisa said the police were quick to bring the case before court without completing investigations.

“You should go back and close gaps in this case before bringing it,” the magistrate said.

She said the prosecution and the police are generally in the habit of bringing poorly investigated cases before court such that the general public believe the courts are in the business of releasing crime suspects for no good reasons.

“You should go and tell the public that it is the police that do not do their job properly, not the courts,” Magistrate Moopisa told journalists who had filled the press gallery.

She said a poorly investigated case is as good as one that does not exist before court.
Bulane, widely known as Katara, is alleged to have followed the woman to the toilets where he sexually assaulted her.

The restaurant’s surveillance cameras showed the woman being dragged from the toilets by more than one person.
The restaurant’s initial statement after the woman broke the news of her ordeal there said she was heavily intoxicated but later withdrew it, saying it protects the wellbeing of its patrons.

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A disaster for Lesotho



Lesotho’s defeat in its court battle against Frazer Solar is a monumental disaster.
The judgment by the High Court of South Africa is a near-fatal blow to Lesotho’s development agenda. Unless something dramatic happens by way of a soft settlement or an improbable victory in the apex court, Lesotho will have to pay nearly M1.2 billion to Frazer Solar.
We are disgusted.

The judge methodically dismissed the entire premise of Lesotho’s application for rescission, poking holes into Lesotho’s attempts to get the court to nullify the arbitration award that left Lesotho in the lurch.

He dismissed the claim that former minister Temeki Tšolo lacked the authority to sign the supply agreement with Frazer Solar.
The arbitrator and the South African High Court had jurisdiction over the matter, he ruled. The claim that Lesotho was not properly served to appear for the arbitration and in the initial case for the enforcement of the award is frivolous, he said.

So was former Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s argument that he was unaware of the agreement, the arbitration and the initial ruling when he was still finance minister.
The judge said former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane backed the agreement and assured Frazer Solar of the government‘s commitment to its implementation.
Therefore, Tšolo was not an overzealous minister cutting deals with foreign companies but had the prime minister’s blessings. Majoro was not an innocent bystander.
Indeed, nothing Lesotho can say will justify ignoring the arbitration process and not fighting Frazer Solar’s case to enforce the order.

Not even the Lesotho High Court’s judgment nullifying the supply agreement will help. It doesn’t appear that Lesotho stands a chance on appeal.
People slept on the job by not defending Lesotho during the arbitration process and initial court case.

Any punishment against those who dropped the ball or were complicit in this matter pales in comparison to the consequences we have to suffer.
The least Tšolo, Thabane, and Majoro can do is accept their mistakes and apologise.

Sadly, Tšolo persists with the absurd defence that his signature was forged, Majoro clumsily disperses blame and Thabane is visibly silent.
Still, they will be remembered as the men who inflicted a devastating blow on Lesotho’s fiscus and economy by their actions or inaction.
Our generation and the next will pay a huge price for their sins.

As we scrounge for resources to pay the debts, government projects will have to be suspended. We are already broke even without the crushing burden of this debt.
There will be no new roads, clinics and schools. The little infrastructure will not be maintained. Fewer people will be sponsored into universities and colleges.
There will be little left for safety nets for the poor. Retrenchments in government and defaulting on other debts are a real possibility. We could be in a fix from which we might not escape for years.

Be very, very afraid!
It is understandable why there is collective anguish across the country. From government to the private sector, from the poor to the rich, from the old to the young and the yet-to-be-born.

The lessons from this debacle are clear. Never put incompetent people in positions of authority. When we hire the so-called experts we should be sure of their commitment to diligently protect our national interests.

We must have strong systems to protect our national interests against opportunistic foreign companies as well as unscrupulous and inept political leaders.
While enduring the pain of a debt we never wanted, we should say “Never again!” and vigorously pursue those who got us into this mess to deter others from taking us down the same treacherous path.

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