MPHAKA NEGOTIATES EXIT
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.
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