. . . as Mabona is fired from WASCO board

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

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.

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