More diplo­mats re­called

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

GOV­ERN­MENT has re­called four more diplo­mats bring­ing the num­ber of en­voys who have been or­dered to pre­ma­turely re­turn home since the be­gin­ning of this month, to eight.

The latest group of re­turnees com­prises Le­sotho’s High Com­mis­sioner to South Africa, ‘Male­jaka Le­tooane, Johannesburg Con­sul-gen­eral, Mophethe Seka­mane, Dur­ban Con­sul-gen­eral Lerato Tšosane and High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia, Dr ‘Maba­phuthi Moorosi Mo­lapo.

The four join Bothata Tsikoane (In­dia), Fel­leng Makeka (United King­dom), Sempe Le­jaha (Italy) and Nkopane Monyane (Switzer­land) who were told to wind-up their busi­ness and be at the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Head­quar­ters on 9 Novem­ber.

All the re­called of­fi­cials as­sumed their posts dur­ing the three-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment led by Dr Thomas Tha­bane, which va­cated of­fice midstream af­ter fail­ing to garner enough seats dur­ing the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, to re­main in power.

Read the with­drawal letters en­dorsed by For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions min­is­ter Tlo­hang Sekhamane: “It has been de­cided that you be re­called from For­eign Ser­vice as I hereby do.

“You are there­fore ad­vised to wrap-up your per­sonal af­fairs and re­port to the head­quar­ters of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions on 9 Novem­ber 2015.

“Please note that you will re­vert to your po­si­tion or a sim­i­larly graded po­si­tion upon your ar­rival. Please al­low me to thank you for the ser­vices you ren­dered to the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho while serv­ing abroad.”

Dr Mo­lapo yesterday con­firmed re­ceiv­ing Mr Sekhamane’s let­ter on Thurs­day last week and said he would be head­ing home as di­rected.

“I re­ceived a let­ter signed by For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mr Sekhamane telling me to re­port to head­quar­ters in Maseru in Novem­ber. The let­ter only thanks me for the ser­vices I pro­vided to gov­ern­ment while in of­fice here and doesn’t give many de­tails,” said Dr Mo­lapo from Malaysia.

“I am be­ing re­called within my em­ploy­ment con­tract be­cause it was sup­posed to end on 12 June 2017. The let­ter I re­ceived doesn’t say any­thing about buy­ing out the con­tract. Maybe I will be told more when I come home.

“I don’t want to get into the in­con­ve­niences or rather, the blow of be­ing re­called while my con­tract is still run­ning.”

Asked to com­ment about his re­call from Johannesburg, Mr Seka­mane said he did not dis­cuss his life with the media.

“I don’t dis­cuss is­sues con­cern­ing my life with the media. I would ad­vise you to ask the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions about the mat­ter,” he said.

Re­peated at­tempts to get a com­ment from Ms Le­tooane and Ms Tšosane were fruit­less.

On his part, Min­is­ter Sekhamane last night said his of­fice had in fact, re­called more than the afore­men­tioned diplo­mats.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that I am not at the of­fice right now to re­fer to my notes. I don’t want to give you mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion but I can con­firm that the num­ber of diplo­mats we have re­called is ac­tu­ally more than the fig­ure you have men­tioned.”

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, Ms Tšosane, who was sent home pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into her pro­fes­sional con­duct, would re­main sus­pended.

“Ms Tšosane was sus­pended while she was still stay­ing in Dur­ban. She has been re­called but that doesn’t mean in­ves­ti­ga­tions against her are go­ing to be stopped.

“She is ex­pected to come back home while in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still go­ing on,” Mr Sekhamane said.

high Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia Dr ‘Maba­phuthi Moorosi Mo­lapo.

DUR­BAN Con­sul-gen­eral lerato tšosane.

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