Cab­i­net PS booted out

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THE govern­ment this week re­lieved Motha­bathe Hlalele ( pic­tured) of his post as Cab­i­net Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS).

Mr Hlalele was given his march­ing or­ders on Mon­day and in­vited to dis­cuss his exit pack­age. He had been ap­pointed to the post on 2 Fe­bru­ary 2015 by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment led by then Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane, with his con­tract set to ex­pire in De­cem­ber

2017.

How­ever, the new seven-party ad­min­is­tra­tion headed by Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili has since parted ways with all PSS ap­pointed dur­ing Dr Tha­bane’s ten­ure.

Dr Tha­bane’s All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party and Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) formed govern­ment in June 2012, but the coali­tion failed to last its five-year ten­ure due to in­fight­ing.

The squab­bling, mainly be­tween Dr Tha­bane and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and LCD leader Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, prompted a snap elec­tion in Fe­bru­ary this year, re­sult­ing in a new coali­tion govern­ment.

The new regime, com­pris­ing Dr Mo­sisili’s Demo­cratic Congress, LCD, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party and Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party, has since been culling se­nior pub­lic of­fi­cials ap­pointed by Dr Tha­bane’s govern­ment on the ba­sis of their political af­fil­i­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Motha­bathe, pop­u­larly known as ‘The Saint’ in political cir­cles, the de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate his con­tract did not come as a sur­prise to him as he had re­quested for it.

Mr Motha­bathe fur­ther said his rea­son­ing was now that all the other PSS ap­pointed by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment had been re­moved, it was only fair that he also be bought out of his con­tract.

“It’s true that I have been re­leased from my du­ties. I was served with the let­ter yes­ter­day, with con­di­tions open to ne­go­ti­a­tion and I am not bit­ter about it at all.

“I have al­ways known all good things come to an end, and I had, in fact, ini­ti­ated my exit since I was ap­pointed by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment,” Mr Motha­bathe said on Tues­day.

“I just want peo­ple to know that I served hap­pily dur­ing my ten­ure and I was never vic­timised on the ba­sis of my political af­fil­i­a­tion or made to feel side­lined in any way. I was al­ways re­spected, just like my col­leagues ap­pointed by the present govern­ment and I’m very grate­ful for that. I leave of­fice in very good spir­its.”

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