Frazer Solar GmbH v. Government of Lesotho
Central Information Resource
This site is an information repository for anyone interested in the Frazer Solar vs Government of Lesotho (FSGvGOL) arbitration case. For transparency, this website has been set-up by and is administered by Frazer Solar, a participant in the case, but care has been taken to endeavour to provide accurate and complete information regarding the case in an impartial and balanced manner.
In September 2018, Frazer Solar GmbH (FSG) of Germany signed an agreement with the Government of Lesotho (GOL) to develop a major solar and energy efficiency project with financing from the German government via development bank KFW.
Despite the project being approved by the Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, the Finance Minister – Dr Moeketsi Majoro – refused to co-operate and participate in the project.
This led to a legal dispute between Frazer Solar and the Government of Lesotho which eventually went to arbitration in December 2019. FSG prevailed in the arbitration and was awarded €50 million plus costs and interest in January 2020. GOL neither participated in the legal process nor did they honour the award. In May 2021 FSG began seizing GOL’s assets.
Frazer Solar's Position:
FSG claims the agreement was breached by Dr Moeketsi Majoro who preferred to pursue a Chinese solar project over FSG's German solar project. Political factionalism also played a part with Majoro leading a rival faction to Thabane.
Government of Lesotho's Position:
Dr Majoro, now the Prime Minister (since May 2020), claims GOL was completely unaware of the agreement and the legal proceedings. GOL claims that the agreement was either signed by an unauthorised person or the signature was forged, and information regarding the legal process was intentionally intercepted and concealed from GOL officials by corrupt individuals.
Legal action to enforce the award is underway in South Africa, Lesotho, UK, USA and Mauritius.
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