Manyokole’s case de­ferred

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

FOR­MER Health Min­istry Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (PS) Lefu Manyokole’s (pic­tured) case in which he seeks re­in­state­ment as Ul­ti­mate Ra­dio Sta­tion Man­ager has been resched­uled for 22 Novem­ber this year.

The case was sup­posed to be heard on Tues­day by High Court judge, Jus­tice ‘Mase­shophe Hla­joane, but had to be resched­uled due to what High Court As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar Star­ford Sharite de­scribed as “un­avoid­able cir­cum­stances”.

“The case has been resched­uled for 22 Novem­ber af­ter fail­ing to pro­ceed to­day be­cause of some un­avoid­able cir­cum­stances,” Mr Sharite said in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times.

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 gov­ern­men­towned 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 pre­vi­ous coali­tion govern­ment on what is termed sec­ond­ment and that he is en­ti­tled to his pre­vi­ous job.

If he is not re­in­stated, Mr Manyokole is seek­ing that he be paid re­mu­ner­a­tion com­men­su­rate with the po­si­tion of sta­tion man­ager un­til he is 60-years old - the age at which govern­ment em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to re­tire.

How­ever, the govern­ment op­poses his ap­pli­ca­tion and the case will be ar­gued on 22 Novem­ber.

The re­spon­dents in­clude Pub­lic Ser­vice PS, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Min­istry of Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety PS, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry’s PS and the At­tor­ney-gen­eral.

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

The for­mer PS 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, al­legedly stormed his house and de­manded to see him but he was away at the time.

Mr Manyokole also claimed two un­marked bakkies full of state se­cu­rity of­fi­cials had vis­ited his par­ents’ home in Lekhaloa­neng look­ing for him.

How­ever, po­lice spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe told the Le­sotho Times they had not re­ceived any re­port from Mr Manyokole con­cern­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

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