LCE rec­tor snubs fu­ri­ous staff

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

LE­SOTHO Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (LCE) Rec­tor, John Oliphant, on Tues­day this week snubbed Le­sotho Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Staff Union (LECESU) mem­bers who were de­mand­ing to see him about the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of two of their col­leagues two months ago.

Mpholo Leoisa and Mz­imkulu Faku, who are the Union’s sec­re­tary gen­eral and pres­i­dent re­spec­tively, were sus­pended on full pay on 26 Septem­ber 2014 for al­leged mis­con­duct pend­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, but their teach­ing po­si­tions have since been filled by part-timers.

After chant­ing for almost two hours on the teach­ers’ train­ing col­lege’s cam­pus de­mand­ing Mr Leoisa and Mr Faku’s re­in­state­ment, the LECESU mem­bers had to dis­perse after Dr Oliphant re­fused to come out of his of­fice to re­ceive the disgruntled staff’s pe­ti­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to LECESU Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Kamoho Mothabeng, the staff, most of them lec­tur­ers, de­cided to pe­ti­tion Dr Oliphant and ex­press their anger be­cause their sus­pended col­leagues had not been for­mally charged and re­main un­cer­tain about their fu­ture.

The pe­ti­tion reads: “We, mem­bers of LECESU, have waited pa­tiently for five weeks since you promised to tell us when our mem­bers, Mr Faku and Mr Leoisa, would be charged, but in vain.

“We are con­cerned be­cause jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied. The po­si­tions of th­ese sus- pended com­rades have been as­sumed by part­time lec­tur­ers and we re­gard that as a waste of na­tional re­sources.

“How do you ex­plain pay­ing two peo­ple for the same po­si­tion when the col­lege is sup­posed to be in a fi­nan­cial cri­sis? Your de­lay to act in this mat­ter will leave us with no op­tion but seek the Hon­ourable Min­is­ter’s in­ter­ven­tion.”

Asked about their next course of ac­tion fol­low­ing the Rec­tor’s re­buff, Mr Mothabeng told the Le­sotho Times they would have to meet and chart the way for­ward.

There was no com­ment from Dr Oliphant on Tues­day, as his sec­re­tary re­peat­edly said he was in a meet­ing.

How­ever, in the lec­tur­ers’ sus­pen­sion let­ter, Dr Oliphant out­lined why he was tak­ing such dras­tic ac­tion.

Said the let­ter: “I am writ­ing to ad­vise you that you are hereby sus­pended on full pay with ef­fect from to­day, 26 Septem­ber 2014, 4:30pm. The sus­pen­sion is made in or­der for the Col­lege to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­le­ga­tion of mis­con­duct against you as a per­son and as a mem­ber of LECESU.

“You shall not at­tend your place of work other than for the pur­pose of at­tend­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing or any other rea­son man­age­ment may call you for.

“You shall not con­tact other em­ploy­ees, sup­pli­ers or cus­tomers of the col­lege, ex­cept your rep­re­sen­ta­tive in any dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings, with­out the col­lege man­age­ment’s con­sent.”

LECESU mem­bers protest the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of two col­leagues on Tues­day.

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