. . . as fired PSS still await dues

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

PRIN­CI­PAL Sec­re­taries whose con­tracts were ter­mi­nated by the Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisililed coali­tion gov­ern­ment last year say they are still await­ing their dues.

For­mer Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary (GS) Moahloli Mphaka yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times some of the PSS had only re­ceived part pay­ments of their ben­e­fits, de­scrib­ing it as “to­tal crim­i­nal­ity”.

“This gov­ern­ment clearly con­dones crim­i­nal­ity. We still can’t un­der­stand what the com­pli­ca­tion is all about be­cause the for­mula to come up with the amounts owed to us is very clear and straight for­ward,” said Mr Mphaka.

“Non-com­pli­ance and lack of re­spect to the laws of any con­tracts en­tered into by the gov­ern­ment and its peo­ple is to­tal crim­i­nal­ity.”

The for­mer GS said he last checked whether his col­leagues had been paid two weeks ago, adding that three of the for­mer PSS had still not even re­ceived part-pay­ment of what was due to them.

“The three in­clude Te­boho Mohlomi, who was at the Min­istry of Jus­tice, Nonku­l­uleko Zaly who was at the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ’Mataeli Sekhan­tšo (Cabi­netE­co­nomic Af­fairs) had still not re­ceived their pay­ments at all,” said Mr Mphaka.

Con­tacted for com­ment, both Ms Sekhan­tšo and Ms Zaly said they were not com­fort­able dis­cussing the mat­ter on the phone.

For his part, for­mer Prin­ci­pal Sec-

re­tary for Cabi­net Ad­min­is­tra­tion Motha­bathe Hlalele said he had only re­ceived part of his pack­age and was still await­ing his bal­ance.

“This has caused me such in­con­ve­nience be­cause I had planned for this money as I have some projects lined up. I still have not re­ceived my car since the (ter­mi­na­tion) con­tract was clear that I would get it at the resid­ual price,” said Hlalele.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Min­istry of Fi­nance PS Tom Mpeta’s phone rang unan­swered.

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