Ut­loang Ka­jeno

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

the wake of the scandal in­volv­ing the state oil com­pany Petrobas.

Sim­i­lar­ity to SA’S Nkand­la­gate Thirdly, and nearer home in South Africa, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, for years re­sisted any in­ves­ti­ga­tion by both the courts and the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor to in­ves­ti­gate the pro­pri­ety of the Nkandla se­cu­rity up­grades in his ru­ral homestead, that were borne out of the pub­lic purse, sig­nif­i­cantly, the up­grades among oth­ers, in­cluded a chicken run, cat­tle kraal, a mini-theatre and a host of other seem­ingly un­war­ranted im­prove­ments that had very lit­tle to do with se­cu­rity.

Mr Zuma in­sisted that the mil­lions of rands in­curred by the gov­ern­ment were not to be re­paid by him as the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s find­ings were not bind­ing on him. How­ever, in blow to him, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that the pres­i­dent had failed to up­hold, pro­tect and de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion as en­joined by his oath to of­fice in­clud­ing chap­ter nine (9) in­sti­tu­tions, such as the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor.

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Sus­pended Brazil­ian pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff.

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