Lesotho: National Security Service – Warrant Issued in the Terms of Section 26 of the National Security Service Act No. 11 of 1998 (16.05.2023)

Lesotho: MISA Lesotho – MISA-Lesotho Statement on the Killing of Mr Ralikonelo ‘Leqhashasha’ Joki, a Presenter for the Tsenolo FM who was Gunned Down in Cold Blood on the Night of Sunday (14.05.2023)

Southern African Development Community (SADC): Communique of the Extra-Ordinary Organ Troika Summit, Plus SADC Troika and Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) Troop Contributing Countries (TCCS) – (08.05.2023)

Lesotho: Coalition of Health Professionals – Inability of Unpaid MOH Employees To Go To Work (03.05.2023)

Lesotho: Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Employment – Restructuring and Rationalisation of Government Ministries (02.02.2023)

Lesotho: Troika Meeting to Pave Way for Lesotho (03.02.2023)

The Prime minister, Mr. Ntsokoane Samuel Matekane, led the Lesotho delegation.

MASERU, Lesotho, February 3, 2023 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mr. Lejone Mpotjoane says it is the conviction of the Government that the Extraordinary Meeting of the Organ Troika Summit will pave the way for Lesotho to be removed from the Agenda of SADC under the item of Political and Security Situation in the SADC Region.

He said this at the press conference following the Extraordinary Meeting of the Organ Troika Summit (EO OTS) held in Windhoek, Namibia on 31 January 2023.

The Prime minister, Mr. Ntsokoane Samuel Matekane, led the Lesotho delegation.

Mr. Mpotjoane said the Prime Minister briefed Summit on the Political and Security situation in the country, saying Mr. Matekane indicated that the political and security situation in Lesotho remains stable following the 2022 general elections.

He noted that there is a consensus among all the political leaders and other national leaders on the need to accelerate the reforms agenda, which will usher in a new era of lasting peace and stability in our beloved Kingdom.

He said the Prime Minister updated the summit on the progress made regarding the reforms process.

He mentioned that the Summit commended the Government and the People of the Kingdom of Lesotho for conducting peaceful and successful elections and congratulated Mr. Matekane for his appointment as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

He said the Summit also welcomed the commitment made by the Prime Minister to prioritise the implementation and completion of the comprehensive national reforms process and approved the Action Plan for the Lesotho Reforms Oversight Committee to monitor the finalisation of the reforms process in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

It is expected that the Oversight Committee will visit Lesotho in due time to engage with the Government and other key stakeholders.

Lesotho: Security Unlimited – Incidents Occured over past 3 Months (02.08.2022)

Lesotho: Not a safe place for lawyers…

A prominent lawyer, Advocate Kabelo Letuka, is in hiding fearing the police will torture him like they allegedly did last night to his colleague, Advocate Napo Mafaesa, who has been admitted to a hospital. Mafaesa was arrested after his client who was also arrested & tortured by police said he has left his unlicensed gun with Mafaesa. Mafaesa is admitted in Hospital for grievous bodily harm” (Lesotho The Post, 12.01.2022).

The Kingdom of Lesotho is now going after Advocate Napo Mafaesa has been tortured and arrested by the authorities. We know it is severe when another colleague Adv. Kabelo Letuka is in hiding. This mean this practice isn’t against one man or his cause. No, this is most likely systemic, as another fears for his life as well.

Both lawyers have faced legal jeopardy before and had cases of severity against them. Still, nothing has hit the wall. Therefore, the state is clearly aiming at them. That’s is evident, as both lawyers have been held in contempt and been charged for strangulation and murder in the past. So, it is not like the state haven’t tried to take these two down plus additional lawyers too.

For some reason the state is going after them. This is really tragic and a worrying signs, as lawyers and attorney’s are the ones who defend people in court. They are retained and do their work to help their clients. Therefore, going after them… is showing the bad side of Lesotho right now. Peace.

Opinion: Omicron is the bad wolf created by nationalistic vaccine strategies

When you have a global pandemic. You need global solutions to stop it. However, in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic. The big pharmaceutical industries and Western hemisphere have taken most of the vaccines and paid-in-full. In such a way that the global south haven’t been able to buy-in or have ability to vaccinate their own. While state has had stockpiles and additional vaccines, which is more than they could ever use. Therefore, the donations in return have been of the surplus or the close to due-date of usage. Heck, nations have given away the vaccines to COVAX programs, which they will not use on their own citizens, because of the possible side-effects from it. Therefore, the whole new mutations or variants is created, because a lack of care or concern for the global south.

That there is a new type of COVID-19 called the Omicron is a world at large not taking care of it’s citizens. This isn’t the fault of South Africa or Botswana. No, this isn’t the fault of the Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi or any those in question. They have been barred and not able to do what the European Union, United States of America or Canada even.

These was able to buy huge quantities of vaccines and own the market of it. While only donating away a small fraction of it in the name of charity and such. Which is the reason why plenty of nations are behind on the vaccine levels or ability to vaccinate their populations. This is why transmissions of the COVID-19 continues and creates possibilities for mutations. That’s because there is enough

This type of COVID-19 is another strong mutation like the Delta variant. We are getting into new territory. Where there is now a need for new editions of the COVID-19 Vaccine to fit this one. As the ones we currently having isn’t as effect as it was previously with other COVID-19 mutations. The virus is changing and it’s new strains is making the remedies we have powerless.

This is all happening, because the nationalistic vaccine strategies have been self-centred … and haven’t thought of the global picture. They have now created a new beast to compete with, because you wouldn’t evenly share the vaccines. The vaccines went by the capitalistic ways and not as a collective effort. Which is a failure, as this is only creating new mutations and strains… and we have to compete with another one. It is an endless cycle and we cannot win. Because, we are not playing this smart.

We have been able to vaccinate the Western Hemisphere. They are even considering a third booster doze for most of the populations. While where there is transmissions of Omicron it’s not the same rate or majority who has gotten jabs. This is because of he selfish interests and not considering the bigger picture. That’s why blocking and red-listing the Southern African nations is a cowards way of not taking responsibility. These have found the mutation and shown the world scientifically how it exists. Now, they are punished for doing so, but the “international community” have failed these states as is…

The COVAX Program of the World Health Organizations (WHO) have only patched the hurt and been a tiny charity event on sporadic basis. This haven’t created the levels or sustainability in case of the global pandemic. While the states in the Western Hemisphere have been stockpiling and had additional vaccines for cover. This is the tragic reality there.

That’s why Omicron could become a thing. Because, there was enough transmission and ability for the virus to mutate. This type of COVID-19 is proven to: Is one for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease, significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination(WHO, 26.11.2021).

This is another edition of the delta virus. Which could have been avoided. However, the world and the rich nations preferred to ditch out the rest. While being honourable by a little charity here and there. Sometimes even dumping the surplus on the global south, because they could. Not because the others asked for it, but that was still better than nothing. Still, this isn’t fair or a just system. It is making the virus a continuous global problem and it’s our fault.

We should have known better, but the greed is taken us all. That is not saving anyone, but causing new mutations down the line. Which in the end means we all have to take precautions for the Omicron. This is a beast and creation, which could have been avoided. If we had a fair global vaccine strategies and shared like gentlemen the medicines we have.

However, that wasn’t the ideal of the big-pharma or the Western Hemisphere. Therefore, it is tragic and unnecessary, but here we are fools in 2021. Looking like we learned nothing and we are repeating the sins of yesterday. Peace.

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