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What a rollercoaster year!

HAS any calendar year ever been faster than 2010?

Maybe so much has been happening that we hardly noticed the months spiriting away.

From Methodist Church of Lesotho parishioners and pastors bludgeoning each other with stones and sticks to the dissolution of the national football team.

Seems like yesterday indeed.

From our undercover reporter getting a passport in two days using a false name to Justice Ts’eliso Monaphathi recusing himself from the MKM case after he admitted he had borrowed a vehicle from the troubled company.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for sure in which the controversial Land Act was passed.

The ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy blew away the opposition in three by-elections.

Hundreds failed to leave the country when South Africa banned the use of the single-page temporary travel documents which many Basotho had.

Lesotho got no crumbs from the football World Cup finals in neighbouring South Africa.

The alliance between the All Basotho Convention and the Lesotho Workers Party collapsed.

A student was crushed to death and five others were seriously injured when a decrepit building they called a classroom collapsed on them at St Alphonse High School in Masianokeng.

Tom Thabane threatened to kill this paper’s chief reporter and its editor for publishing a story on his estranged wife’s allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of the opposition leader’s cousin, Thaabe Thabane.

Four ministers and a deputy were fired when Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili reshuffled his cabinet.

And one of them, former tourism minister Lebohang Nts’inyi, was spotted visiting a well-known prophet in Teyateyaneng.

For us as a newspaper, it has certainly been a riveting year in which we dished scoop after scoop and kept ahead of the competition.

But for the majority of people in this country, the year must have been very slow for them.

Days move slowly when one is hungry — and there are many who couldn’t put food on the table.

Joblessness as well as the HIV and Aids pandemic did not give them a reprieve too.

NUL students are not sure if they will resume their studies in January because their lecturers have vowed they will not return to duty until their salary review demands are met.

That’s the same plight for Limkokwing University students who with each passing day are discovering that they are being taken for a ride by that bare-bone institution.

I hope things will change for the better for the students as well as everyone in this country and elsewhere in the fresh year.

Here at the Sunday Express, only one thing will remain constant: our desire to bring you a quality paper every Sunday.

Our advertisers and readers, you are so special to us and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support in the past, this year and in the future.

Enjoy a blissful Christmas and a tolerable New Year!


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