. . . as Mabona is fired from WASCO board
JAMALE Holdings Director Letsatsi Mabona has been axed as Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) board member barely five months into a three-year tenure.
Mr Mabona was given his marching orders in a terse letter signed by Finance Minister Dr ’Mamphono Khaketla.
Dated 28 July 2016, and titled “Termination of Membership of the WASCO Board”, the missive reads: “Please be advised that I have decided to terminate your membership of the WASCO Board with immediate effect.”
The letter was also copied to WASCO board Chairman Malefetsane Mohafa. Commenting on the matter yesterday, Mr Mabona confirmed receiving the letter, but said he was very baffled by the dismissal as there had never been any complaints from the board or Dr Khaketla.
“In keeping with the length of the letter, I have very little to say because I don’t know what brought about this dismissal. The minister never called me nor talked to me before this,” he said.
“She ought to have done it in an honourable way. The letterhead suggests the letter is from an honourable person, but it is not honourable to write me a dismissal letter with no explanation whatsoever.
In the meantime, I will give her the benefit of the doubt and hope she will do the honourable thing and give me reasons for her decision.”
Mr Mabona said he was appointed by Dr Khaketla in March this year for a period of three years, adding he just wanted an expla- nation for the about turn.
“I don’t have a problem with her decision so long as she substantiates it. For now, I can’t say what I suspect to be the reasons for this dismissal until I get the reasons from her. Failure by the minister to give me reasons will leave me with no option but to voice my suspicions.”
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Mohafa were fruitless yesterday due to a bad telephone signal as the WASCO board chairman said he was “in the mountains” and would get in touch with the Lesotho Times upon his return.
For her part, Dr Khaketla’s phone rang unanswered.
WASCO CEO Lehlohonolo Manamolela.
JAMALE Holdings Director Letsatsi Mabona.