Min­is­ter re­as­sures taxi op­er­a­tors

Lesotho Times - - News - Mot­samai Mokotjo

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki on Tues­day as­sured protest­ing taxi op­er­a­tors that seven days were enough for gov­ern­ment to re­spond to their griev­ances.

Mr Moleleki made the re­mark as he re­ceived a list of the op­er­a­tors’ con­cerns in Maseru, on be­half of Fi­nance Min­is­ter ‘Mam­phono Khaketla and Trans­port Min­is­ter Tšoeu Mok­eretla.

Mem­bers of the Maseru Re­gion Trans­port Op­er­a­tors (MRTO), Me­jamet­a­lane Trans­port Op­er­a­tors, Star­ring Com­mit­tee, South and North Re­gions Taxi As­so­ci­a­tions and BTOR pe­ti­tioned Mr Moleleki, Dr Khaketla and Mr Mok­eretla out­lin­ing sev­eral com­plaints which they want ad­dressed within one week.

The griev­ances range from al­leged ha­rass­ment of taxi driv­ers by the po­lice and gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to award a six-month fleet sup­ply and main­te­nance con­tract to South African car-hire com­pany Bid­vest last month, “at the ex­pense of Ba­sotho busi­nesses”.

Al­though Dr Khaketla has since said Bid­vest would not bid for the fleet ten­der when the deal ex­pires in March 2016, the op­er­a­tors want gov­ern­ment to ter­mi­nate the part­ner­ship with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and award them the con­tract.

How­ever, Dr Khaketla was not avail­able to re­ceive the pe­ti­tion as she was at­tend­ing Cabi­net and Sen­ate busi­ness, with Mr Mok­eretla and Mr Moleleki the only ones avail­able to re­ceive the pe­ti­tions.

Mr Moleleki told the scores of taxi op­er­a­tors and their em­ploy­ees, who had parked their ve­hi­cles in Thet­sane and marched to the city cen­tre to han­dover their pe­ti­tions to the three min­is­ters, that gov­ern­ment would be tak­ing their griev­ances se­ri­ously.

“We should lis­ten to you and prom­ise you and the pub­lic that we will ad­vise our­selves ac­cord­ingly and re­turn with an­swers. Seven days are enough to look into your prob­lems,”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki greets MRTO spokesper­son lebo­hang Moea af­ter ac­cept­ing the taxi op­er­a­tors’ pe­ti­tion on Tues­day.

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