Lesotho. General elections were held in May. An unstable
situation had prevailed in Lesotho since 1998, when protests
against alleged electoral fraud led to a revolt that was
defeated by South African soldiers. A new electoral system,
with a combination of direct and proportional elections,
would now give the smaller parties increased opportunities.
The ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy received 77 seats
and the largest opposition party, Basotho National Party 21.
Foreign observers approved the election, but the opposition
considered that there was cheating. However, everyone took
their seats when Parliament was opened.
Countryaah website, Masupha Sole, former CEO of Lesotho Highlands Development
Authority, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for receiving
bribes from foreign construction companies in connection
with a giant irrigation project, largely funded by the World
Canadian Acres International was fined about SEK 20
million. for bribing Sole. The case was considered to have
pioneered the often unethical behavior of Western big
companies in the "Third World". Swedish-Swiss ABB is one of
the many other companies that risk prosecution. Companies
that fall down risk being excluded from future projects
under the auspices of the World Bank.