Ter­ri­fied min­istry staff now work from home

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS) Nonku­l­uleko Zaly has shut down the min­istry’s Hu­man Re­source Depart­ment af­ter its staff was al­legedly threat­ened by Se­libe Mo­choboroane.

Mr Mo­choboroane was fired as Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Science and Tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter in oc­to­ber last year for al­legedly deny­ing Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane cov­er­age on state tele­vi­sion.

How­ever, both Mr Mo­choboroane and his party, the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy, have re­jected the dis­missal, lead­ing to chaos in the min­istry as the premier has since ap­pointed Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Joang Mo­lapo to lead the depart­ment in an act­ing ca­pac­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Zaly — whom Mr Mo­choboroane does not recog­nise as the min­istry’s PS, but Tšeliso Khomari who has since been “rede­ployed” against his will but is re­sist- ing the trans­fer — the sit­u­a­tion in the min­istry had de­te­ri­o­rated to the ex­tent that some of the staff now feared for their lives.

In ad­di­tion to hav­ing to deal with two ‘min­is­ters’, Ms Zaly says she has also been at log­ger­heads with the min­istry’s Direc­tor Gen­eral-in­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), Mr Le­busa Let­lotlo, over his “in­sub­or­di­na­tion”.

The PS has ac­cused Mr Let­lotlo of re­fus­ing to take or­ders from her and the min­istry’s Hu­man Re­source Direc­tor, Kho­boso Mol­un­goa.

“Let­lotlo has teamed-up with Khomari and Mo­choboroane to cre­ate prob­lems in this min­istry to the ex­tent that I had to close the Hu­man Re­source (HR) Depart­ment for the safety of the of­fi­cers.

“As we speak, the of­fice is closed and all the HR staffers are work­ing from home be­cause their lives are now in dan­ger.

“The prob­lems be­tween us in­ten­si­fied last month when Ms Mol­un­goa wrote a let­ter to Let­lotlo, re­mind­ing him that his three-year con­tract was com­ing to an end in March. She ad­vised him to go on leave pend­ing his con­tract’s ex­piry.

“But in­stead of telling her when he would be leav­ing the min­istry, Let­lotlo de­clared that he was go­ing nowhere.

He also said he would not take or­ders from ei­ther me or Mol­un­goa be­cause he does not recog­nise me as the min­istry’s PS.

He told me point-blank that he would only ac­cept Khomari’s di­rec­tives yet this man was re­moved when I re­turned to work in oc­to­ber 2014, af­ter I had ap­pealed and won my case in the courts.

“Khomari is no longer the min­istry’s PS and all the doc­u­ments that he signs are never ap­proved or recog­nised by govern­ment, yet Let­lotlo in­sists he is still the PS.

It’s true he was made PS when I was away but he has since been rede­ployed and some peo­ple can sim­ply not ac­cept this.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Zaly, Mr Let­lotlo had now al­legedly em­barked on a cam­paign to tar­nish her im­age be­cause of their clashes.

“Now the same Let­lotlo is mak­ing up all sorts of al­le­ga­tions against me in a bid to tar­nish my im­age, in­clud­ing claims that I was in­volved in ten­der fraud .

I have de­cided to hold my peace un­til af­ter the elec­tions (on 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015) be­cause I re­alise he is out to tar­nish my im­age,” Ms Zaly said.

Con­tacted yes­ter­day about the case, Ms Mol­un­goa con­firmed re­mind­ing Mr Let­lotlo that his con­tract was about to ex­pire, but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther in­sist­ing she feared for her life.

“I can’t re­ally go into de­tails about the whole is­sue be­cause Mr Mo­choboroane threat­ened that I’ll get burned and doesn’t want to see me any­where near the min­istry’s HR of­fice,” Ms Mol­un­goa said.

“I don’t know who is go­ing to burn me or when and why be­cause he did not spec­ify but sim­ply made this threat, so I am at home as we speak.”

on his part, Mr Let­lotlo said he was still in his job and would only go at the end of next month when his con­tract ex­pires.

“I didn’t refuse to take my leave days pend­ing the ex­piry of my con­tract as Zaly is claim­ing. I have about 20 leave days and I still have time to take the days.

“I didn’t see any rea­son to panic when I re­ceived the HR let­ter, be­cause I can still take the leave days next month. The bot­tom line is I am in no rush to leave,” Mr Let­lotlo said

Mr Mo­choboroane, on the other hand, said it was not true that he ever threat­ened Ms Mol­un­goa.

“Did Ms Mol­un­goa tell you where and when I threat­ened her? I don’t go to her of­fice and have never threat­ened her in any way,” Mr Mo­choboroane said.

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