Anger over deductions

Anger over deductions

MASERU – A GROUP of police officers say the government’s Salaries Department continues to make deductions from their salaries to pay premiums to an insurance company that was long closed by the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL).
The officers say their Stop Orders to the Legal Voice, a legal insurance company, should have ended when the company was closed but deductions are still being made from their salaries.

The Central Bank of Lesotho shut down Legal Voice around May last year after citing several violations.
The police officers said since then, they have been under the impression that they are no longer paying their premiums.
Some said they did not know that the deductions had continued because they never got their pay slips on time.
“It was only this month when I got to understand that my deductions were being taken by Zenith Horizons Insurance Company,” said one police officer who asked to remain anonymous.

He said it was his first time to hear about Zenith Horizons Insurance.
His contract, he said, was with Legal Voice not Zenith Horizons Insurance.

Another police officer who also requested anonymity told thepost that it would be difficult for some of their colleagues to notice some deductions as they no longer get payslips because there is no paper to print them.
He said the police officers deployed in the districts are still in the dark because they could only see that some deductions have been made but did not know for which company.

“We went to the Department of Salaries at the Ministry of Finance to find out what is taking place with our salaries.
“That was when we got to know that there is a new company taking our money,” the police officer said.
He said they also went to their salary section in the Ministry of Police and they were given a soft copy so that they could make their own printouts.

“That is when we discovered that there has been a deduction of M55 from my salary,” he said. The officers have instructed the Ministry of Finance to stop deductions for Zenith Horizons Insurance.
“We do not know that company and we have never sat down with it,” the police officer said.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance, Keneuoe Mojaki, said the salary section takes instruction from the Ministry of Police.
She said the Human Resource Manager of the Ministry of Police is the one who should give answers to the police regarding their salaries.
She maintained that her ministry only takes mandate from the Ministry of Police.

“I work here but I discuss issues concerning my salaries with the Human Resource Manager not the salary section,”Mojaki said.
But police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said he does not have such a complaint on his table. He said the police officers should lodge their complaints with relevant authorities so that their issue is solved.

Supt Mopeli said police officers take policies from different insurance companies, so he could not know those who are complaining unless they lodge their case with relevant departments.
“This does not affect all the police officers but only certain individuals,” he said.
He said such transactions are handled by the treasury because “it is a third party issue that does not involve the police”.

Majara Molupe

 

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