Six Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries shown the door

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

Five Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries (PS) were sent on “spe­cial leave” this week pend­ing the ex­piry of their re­spec­tive con­tracts, the Le­sotho Times has learnt.

The five were slapped with iden­ti­cal letters in­form­ing them of gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to send them away with im­me­di­ate ef­fect due to the “many leave days” they had ac­crued.

The le­sotho Times es­tab­lished that those asked to go are ‘ Mach­a­bana lem­phanelet­sie (Public Ser­vice), Te­boho Mohlomi (Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice), ‘ Mataeli Sekhan­tšo (Cab­i­net-eco­nomic Af­fairs), Moshoeshoe Sehloho (Tourism, en­vi­ron­men­tal and Cul­tural Af­fairs) and Dr Ma­jara Mo­lapo (Gen­der, youth, Sports and recre­ation).

The letters, dated 23 June 2015 and signed by Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Moahloli Mphaka — and head­lined ‘leave pend­ing ex­piry of your con­tract of em­ploy­ment with the gov­ern­ment of le­sotho’ — read: “I am di­rected to in­form you that the gov­ern­ment has made a de­ci­sion not to re­new your con­tract of em­ploy­ment when it ex­pires.

“The gov­ern­ment notes that you still have out­stand­ing leave days to ex­pend be­fore the end of your tour of ser­vice and as a re­sult, I am in­structed to di­rect you to pro­ceed on leave with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to ex­pend your leave days.

“you will re­main on spe­cial leave un­til the end of your con­tract with full ben­e­fits ac­cru­ing to your po­si­tion as Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary. you are there­fore re­quested to han­dover the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the of­fice to the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary who will con­tinue with the day-to-day run­ning of the Min­istry in your ab­sence.

“I wish to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you, on be­half of the gov­ern­ment, for your com­mit­ment and the ser­vice you ren­dered dur­ing your ten­ure of of­fice as Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary. I wish you all the best in your fu­ture en­deav­ours”.

Mean­while, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional re­la­tions Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary was also sent on leave but pend­ing re­tire­ment next month.

reads Mr Mets­ing’s let­ter, also signed by Mr Mphaka: “I am di­rected to in­form you that the gov­ern­ment has made a de­ci­sion that upon reach­ing your re­tire­ment age in July 2015, you will not be of­fered a con­tract to con­tinue as Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary. The gov­ern­ment notes that you still have out­stand­ing leave days to ex­pend be­fore your re­tire­ment, and as a re­sult, I am in­structed to re­quest you to pro­ceed on leave with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. while on leave, you will en­joy full ben­e­fits ac­cru­ing to your po­si­tion as Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary.”

Mr Mphaka yesterday ex­plained the forced leave and early re­tire­ment, telling the Le­sotho Times: “Mr Mets­ing’s re­tire­ment starts in July and he will be on spe­cial leave un­til then. Mr Mohlomi’s con­tract was sup­posed to end on 2 Oc­to­ber 2015, while those for Mrs Sekhan­tšo and Mrs letsie were to ex­pire on 1 Novem­ber 2015. Dr Mo­lapo’s con­tract was set to ex­pire on 3 Septem­ber 2015 and Mr Sehloho’s on 2 De­cem­ber 2015 but be­cause of the many leave days they ac­crued, they have been asked to go now.”

Mean­while, gov­ern­ment ap­pointed five new Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries on 19 June 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­niqué from then act­ing Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary ‘Mataeli Sekhan­tšo, the fol­low­ing were ap­pointed Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries : Mr Makalo Theko (Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity); Mrs ‘Ma­paseka Kolot­sane (ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing); Dr Mot­seki Mo­fam­mere (Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment); Mrs ‘Ma­pu­lumo Mo­sisili (Trade and In­dus­try); Mr Kho­moat­sana Tau (wa­ter).

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