MPHAKA NE­GO­TI­ATES EXIT

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

GOV­ERN­MENT Sec­re­tary ( GS) Moahloli Mphaka is ne­go­ti­at­ing his exit pack­age from the civil ser­vice.

Mr Mphaka says he ap­proached Dr Pakalitha Mo­sisili for an am­i­ca­ble sep­a­ra­tion fol­low­ing the Demo­cratic Congress (DC) leader’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as premier on 17 March this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mphaka, since his ap­point­ment was made by the pre­vi­ous tri­par­tite gov­ern­ment headed by All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion leader by Thomas Tha­bane, he felt it was only fair for the new ad­min­is­tra­tion to ap­point a GS of its choice.

“I was ap­pointed GS on 1 De­cem­ber 2014 by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment and the con­tract is sup­posed to end in 2017.

“I fully un­der­stand that the gov­ern­ment has changed and it has been the norm that an in­com­ing prime min­is­ter ap­points a can­di­date of his choice to the post of Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary. So since I was em­ployed by Dr Tha­bane who is no longer premier, I felt I had to be re­leased to give the new gov­ern­ment the op­por­tu­nity to ap­point its own GS, it was as sim­ple as that,” Mr Mphaka said yesterday.

“Dr Mo­sisili said I should dis­cuss the is­sue with the Min­is­ter of Public Ser­vice Tsukut­lane Au.

“I am glad the min­is­ter agreed that we could start ne­go­ti­at­ing my exit pack­age be­cause I am ready to go at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble con­ve­nience.”

Mr Mphaka would not go into de­tails con­cern­ing the exit talks or how far they had gone.

“What I can only say is I pro­posed to Mr Au that I would leave of­fice im­me­di­ately af­ter the money has been de­posited in my bank ac­count. If wishes were horses, I would want to leave this post at the end of this month.”

Mr Au also con­firmed dis­cussing an am­i­ca­ble sep­a­ra­tion with Mr Mphaka.

“It is true that I am in dis­cus­sion with Mr Mphaka about his exit from gov­ern­ment.

“how­ever, it must be clear that the gov­ern­ment did not fire him; he was the one who in­sisted that he wanted to go and has been say­ing so since March this year.

“At first, we did not be­lieve he was se­ri­ous about it un­til he made con­tin­u­ous fol­low-ups on the is­sue.

“And since this gov­ern­ment re­spects peo­ple and their em­ploy­ment con­tracts, we will ne­go­ti­ate his exit pack­age,” Mr Au said.

“And like I said, gov­ern­ment did not ask Mr Mphaka to go or threaten him in any way be­cause of his po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.”

Mean­while, the Le­sotho Times has been in­formed for­mer Clerk of the Na­tional Assem­bly, Le­bo­hang ramohlanka, could re­place Mr Mphaka as GS.

Mr Au would not be drawn to dis­cuss the is­sue, while Mr ramohlanka was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Gs Moahloli Mphaka

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