Ma­hao wrong on LTTU

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I OF­TEN pe­ruse the ‘Opin­ion and Anal­y­sis’ pages of the Le­sotho Times. Re­cently I paged through the pa­per’s is­sue of 9th Jan­uary 2016 and was shocked af­ter hav­ing read what colum­nist Ma­hao Ma­hao said un­der the Na­tional Agenda with the bold head­line ‘The gravy train needs no talk­ers’.

He boldly stated that the Le­sotho Teach­ers’ Trade Union (LTTU) had made the PFD aware that they will not be sup­port­ing them in view of how the party han­dled Bri­gadier Maa­parankoe Ma­hao’s killing and their con­tin­ual al­le­giance to a govern­ment that re­mains one of the chief sus­pects in his death. He states cat­e­gor­i­cally that this is the LTTU de­ci­sion.

In my ca­pac­ity as the chair­man of the Botha-bothe LTTU com­mit­tee and by virtue of hold­ing such a port­fo­lio be­ing a mem­ber of the LTTU Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, and as such any de­ci­sions made by the union I must be in the know since I am part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing body, I am there­fore re­fut­ing Ma­hao’s state­ment.

The fact is the LTTU has never sat down to dis­cuss the is­sue of the killing of Bri­gadier Ma­hao and again it is mis­lead­ing for the colum­nist to say it is our de­ci­sion to part ways with the PFD.

I am afraid the colum­nist has been illinformed to write such a state­ment that is ap­par­ently meant to sow seeds of con­fu­sion in the LTTU mem­ber­ship.

I won­der where the colum­nist could have heard such wrong and mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion since he is not even a mem­ber of the union not un­less there has been an in­ces­sant spree of kan­ga­roo meet­ings by some mem­bers of the union. De­ci­sions reached by the LTTU can never be ef­fected through so­cial me­dia. I want to be­lieve that de­ci­sions can be reached at na­tional congress, na­tional coun­cil and some de­ci­sions at district congress level.

I could be very much de­lighted to hear from the colum­nist where and when such de­ci­sions were made. Or may I in­vite any mem­ber of the LTTU Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to prove me wrong when I say such a de­ci­sion has never been made and that we have never dis­cussed Bri­gadier Ma­hao’s killing in any NEC meet­ing.

Ntoi Manya

Colum­nist ma­hao ma­hao.

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