Likoti de­fends PM son’s ap­point­ment

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s Po­lit­i­cal and Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor, Dr Fako Likoti, has de­fended the ap­point­ment of the pre­mier’s son Retha­bile to the post of Le­sotho High­lands Wa­ter Com­mis­sion (LHWC) chief del­e­gate, say­ing he was the best can­di­date for the po­si­tion.

Dr Likoti said this in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times this week, in re­sponse to sug­ges­tions that the pre­mier was de­lib­er­ately plac­ing rel­a­tives in strate­gic ar­eas of the gov­ern­ment to re­tain con­trol even if he were to lose power.

Crit­ics of the ap­point­ment, which was made early this month, also ques­tioned Mr Mo­sisili’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the po­si­tion given that he is a lawyer while the pre­vi­ous of­fice­hold­ers were Physics Pro­fes­sor Le­bo­hang Moleko and Engi­neer Charles Put­soane.

The crit­ics also point to the M180 000 the younger Mo­sisili will be tak­ing home as a red flag for profli­gacy, which to­gether with the M45 000 he makes as a gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed Letšeng Di­a­mond Mine board mem­ber would amount to a M225 000 monthly in­come.

How­ever, Dr Likoti said Dr Mo­sisili knew noth­ing about the ap­point­ment, adding such ap­point­ments were made by min­is­ters and the pre­mier only gets to know about them af­ter cabi­net has ap­proved them.

Wa­ter Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kimetso Mathaba, who ap­pointed Mr Mo­sisili, also claimed the ap­point­ment “came as a sur­prise” to Dr Mo­sisili who he said had no knowl­edge of the de­vel­op­ment prior to it be­ing made pub­lic.

Dr Likoti said even the M180 000 salary was an ex­ag­ger­ated fig­ure ped­dled as part of “a dis­hon­est at­tempt to taint the im­age of Mr Mo­sisili”.

He said Mr Mo­sisili was the best can­di­date for the po­si­tion as he had pre­vi­ously been en­gaged in the Orange Senqu River Com­mis­sion (ORASCOM).

The pre­mier’s ad­vi­sor also said the po­si­tion only re­quired ad­min­is­tra­tive and not tech­ni­cal skills as sug­gested by some crit­ics.

He said the at­tack on the fam­ily of the prime min­is­ter was “grossly un­fair”.

“At­tacks on his fam­ily through his chil­dren who are in­de­pen­dent men and women are un­fair. They seek their liveli­hoods on their own and none of his chil­dren are em­ployed in cabi­net where he has a role to play on pro­mo­tions and ap­point­ments.

“Are we say­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mo­sisili’s chil­dren should not seek em­ploy­ment in Le­sotho just be­cause of their fa­ther’s sta­tus? That’s ab­surd, they have to make a liv­ing on their own as they are adults with their own fam­i­lies,” Dr Likoti said.

He also said in the past Retha­bile was ap­pointed to a diplo­matic mis­sion by the former pre­mier, Thomas Tha­bane who was For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter un­der Dr Mo­sisili’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“When he was trans­ferred from the Gen­der Min­istry it was by (Ba­sotho Na­tional Party leader) Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and they trans­ferred him to the Min­istry of Wa­ter. Lit­tle did they know he would be ex­posed to more op­por­tu­ni­ties that ended with him be­ing the best can­di­date for the po­si­tion of chief del­e­gate at the LHWC.

“We are shocked that some of th­ese claims are be­ing made by the Al­liance of Democrats of Ntate Monyane Moleleki who ac­tu­ally in­flu­enced the award­ing of a ten­der to sup­ply food­stuffs to the po­lice to his child,” Dr Likoti said.

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