Mphaka bounces back as new pss ap­pointed

. . . as Tha­bane also ap­points prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

PRIME Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane has re-ap­pointed Moahloli Mphaka to his old job as gov­ern­ment sec­re­tary (GS), two years af­ter the lat­ter was fired by the Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led seven-party former gov­ern­ment.

Mr Mphaka served as GS in the first Dr Tha­bane-led coali­tion -- which gov­erned Le­sotho from 2012 un­til 2015 -- but he and other prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries (PSS) were fired by the Dr Mo­sisili-led former gov­ern­ment which came to power af­ter the Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tions.

How­ever, Dr Tha­bane’s All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion re­turned to power af­ter it com­bined its 48 seats with those of the Al­liance of Democrats (nine), Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (five) and Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (one) to form gov­ern­ment af­ter the 3 June 2017 snap polls.

This paved the way for the re-ap­point­ment of Mr Mphaka and other of­fi­cials this week on Tues­day.

“The of­fice of the Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary in­forms the na­tion that in terms of Sec­tion 139 (1) and (2) of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Right Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter has ap­pointed the Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary, Prin­ci­pal Sec- re­taries and the Direc­tor of Gen­eral Pub­lic Ser­vice As­sess­ment Cen­ter re­spec­tively,” reads part of a press re­lease from the GS’S of­fice. PSS from two min­istries, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy as well as Wa­ter Af­fairs, were not ap­pointed. Dr Tha­bane’s Press At­taché Thabo Thakalekoala told LENA the ap­point­ments would be made soon with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

How­ever, the ap­point­ments have drawn crit­i­cism from Gen­der Links Coun­try Man­ager, ‘Man­te­bo­he­leng Ma­betha who called on gov­ern­ment to give women more lead­er­ship roles. Only six out of the 25 new ap­pointees are women.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing that women rep­re­sen­ta­tion is con­tin­u­ing to de­cline in lead­er­ship po­si­tions, es­pe­cially in gov­ern­ment, with a very low per­cent­age of women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the re­cent ap­point­ments of PS,” Ms Ma­betha said, adding that it was more de­press­ing that the ap­point­ments were done dur­ing an African Women’s Month.

Women’s Month is cel­e­brated in Au­gust as a tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria on 9 Au­gust 1956 protest­ing against the ex­ten­sion of pass laws to women in that coun­try.

With this year’s theme cen­tred on the in­clu­sion of women in de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions, Ms Ma­betha said this should have in­flu­enced the ap­point­ment of more women to de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions.

“We strongly ap­peal to our gov­ern­ment to give women more op­por­tu­ni­ties and use gen­der lenses when mak­ing crit­i­cal ap­point­ments like th­ese ones,” she said.

List of Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries:

‘Ma­sei­thati Ma­be­leng (Labour and Em­ploy­ment), Ntahli Matete (Forestry, Range and Soil and Con­ser­va­tion), Tjoet­sane Seo-

ka ( Gen­der and Youth, Sports and Recre­ation), Thabiso Lebese (Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing), Nthoateng Le­bona (Fi­nance), Le­choo Se­te­nane (Cab­i­net, Ad­min­is­tra­tion), ‘Matieli Makhele-sekhan­tšo (Cab­i­net, Eco­nomic Af­fairs), Thebe Mokoa­tle (Trade and In­dus­try), Male­fet­sane Masasa (So­cial Devel­op­ment), Ler­ata Pekane (Small Busi­ness, Co­op­er­a­tives and Mar­ket­ing), Male­fet­sane Nchaka (Agri­cul­ture, Food and Se­cu­rity), Le­bo­hang Mochaba (Jus­tice, Hu­man Rights and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices), Nkopane Monyane (For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions), Mon­aphathi Makara (Health), Tšeliso Mokoko (Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship Af­fairs, Soaile Mochaba (Min­ing), Motha­bathe Hlalele (Pub­lic Works and Trans­port), Kho­mot­soana Tau (Devel­op­ment Plan­ning), ‘Mach­a­bana Lem­phane-let­sie (Home Af­fairs), Tieho ‘ Ma­maisane (En­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy), Khothatso Tšooana (Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety), ‘Mole Khu­malo (Law and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs), Motena Tsolo (Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture), Tanki Mothae (De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity), Lefu Manyokole (Se­nior Pri­vate Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter and Taelo Nt­sokot­sane (Direc­tor of Gen­eral Pub­lic Ser­vice As­sess­ment Cen­tre).

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