Court to hear Manyokole’s case

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

FOR­MER prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (PS) in the Min­istry of Health, Lefu Manyokole’s ( pic­tured) case in which he wants to be re­in­stated as Ul­ti­mate Ra­dio’s Sta­tion Man­ager will be heard on 13 Septem­ber this year.

High Court As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar Star­ford Sharite con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment to the Le­sotho Times yes­ter­day.

“The case has been set for the 13th of Septem­ber for hear­ing and it will be ar­gued on the is­sue of Mr Manyokole’s sec­ond­ment,” he said, adding the date of hear­ing was set on Mon­day this week.

The case will be heard af­ter Mr Manyokole (52) ob­tained an in­terim court or­der stop­ping his evic­tion from a gov­ern­ment house on the ba­sis he was no longer a pub­lic of­fi­cer af­ter he was dis­missed as the Health min­istry’s PS by the cur­rent coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Mr Manyokole ap­proached the High Court on 1 July 2016 seek­ing an or­der that he be re­in­stated to his pre­vi­ous job as Sta­tion Man­ager at Ul­ti­mate Ra­dio — a gov­ern­ment-owned ra­dio sta­tion un­der the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

Mr Manyokole ar­gues he was trans­ferred from the ra­dio sta­tion to be­come PS by the Thomas Tha­bane-led coali­tion gov­ern­ment on what is termed sec­ond­ment, and that he is en­ti­tled to his pre­vi­ous job.

If he is not re­in­stated, Mr Manyokole to be paid his re­mu­ner­a­tion as the Sta­tion Man­ager un­til he is 60-years old, which is the gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees’ re­tire­ment age.

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment opposes his ap­pli­ca­tion and the ap­pli­ca­tion will be ar­gued on 13 Septem­ber 2016.

The re­spon­dents in­clude Pub­lic Ser­vice PS, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (COMPOL), Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Min­istry of Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety PS, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry’s PS and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral.

The case is be­fore Jus­tice ‘Mase­shophe Hla­joane.

Mean­while, Mr Manyokole has since fled Le­sotho, claim­ing his life was in dan­ger af­ter his home was twice be­sieged by state se­cu­rity agents.

Mr Manyokole said his or­deal started when he ig­nored a no­tice to va­cate his gov­ern­ment house. A group of 13 heav­ily-armed men, whom he said had claimed to be po­lice of­fi­cers from the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit (SOU), had sub­se­quently stormed his house and de­manded to see him but he was away. Two un­marked bakkies, he claims to have been filled with state se­cu­rity of­fi­cials, had vis­ited his par­ents’ home in Lekhaloa­neng, also look­ing for him.

How­ever, po­lice spokesper­son, Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe, they had not re­ceived any re­port from Mr Manyokole about those claims.

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