Mape­sela presses for dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against PS

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

The Min­is­ter of Trade and In­dus­try, Tefo Mape­sela, has called on the Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary (GS), Moahloli Mphaka, to dis­ci­pline his prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (PS), Thebe Mokoa­tle, for al­leged in­sub­or­di­na­tion re­lat­ing to the lat­ter’s use of a gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cle in de­fi­ance of a cab­i­net direc­tive.

Mr Mape­sela said he ap­proached the GS Mphaka to deal with Mr Mokoa­tle af­ter the lat­ter al­legedly caused com­mo­tion at the Lesotho Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (LNDC) build­ing on Tues­day by block­ing the en­trance with his of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle.

Mr Mape­sela and the PS’ of­fices are lo­cated at the LNDC build­ing and the lat­ter blocked the en­trance to the build­ing with his ve­hi­cle af­ter the min­is­ter had or­dered se­cu­rity per­son­nel to pre­vent from leav­ing with the ve­hi­cle as soon as he en­tered the build­ing with it.

Mr Mape­sela re­cently nar­rated how his fall-out with Mr Mokoa­tle be­gan af­ter they took of­fice in the af­ter­math of the 3 June 2017 snap na­tional elec­tions which ush­ered in the four party coali­tion gov­ern­ment that is led by Prime Min­is­ter, Thomas Tha­bane.

“When I took over at the min­istry I com­mis­sioned an in­ter­nal au­dit be­cause I had my sus­pi­cions that there was mis­use of pub­lic funds and I asked Mr Mokoa­tle to take over the ex­er­cise af­ter he was ap­pointed,” Mr Mape­sela said, adding, “But up to now he has not given me a re­port on the mat­ter”.

he said the in­sub­or­di­na­tion con­tin­ued af­ter the cab­i­net made a de­ci­sion that the PSs should stop us­ing the Toy­ota Prado model cars as they were ex­pen­sive to main­tain.

he said even af­ter he in­formed Mr Mokoa­tle of the cab­i­net de­ci­sion and fur­ther ad­vised him to seek the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance’s per­mis­sion to sell the car, “he never wrote that let­ter and con­tin­ued us­ing the car”. I told him that he was the only PS driv­ing a Prado ve­hi­cle and that this was in de­fi­ance of the cab­i­net. So I then told the se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­sure that once he ar­rived at work with the car on Tues­day, they should not al­low him to leave with it.

“Upon hear­ing about this, he left the car at the en­trance, with the win­dows open and the ve­hi­cle was block­ing the en­trance so that no one could drive in and out of the premises.”

Mr Mphaka con­firmed that the min­is­ter had asked him to han­dle the mat­ter, say­ing, “I am al­ready deal­ing with it”.

Mr Mokoa­tle was how­ever, un­avail­able to com­ment on the mat­ter as he was not reach­able on his mo­bile phone.

Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Tefo Mape­sela.

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