Hlotse police on go slow

Hlotse police on go slow

MASERU – POLICE in Hlotse have embarked on a go- slow to press for the payment of their outstanding 6 percent salary increase and outstanding risk allowances, disrupting crucial services as well as the rehearsals for His Majesty King Letsie III birthday celebrations.
The go-slow started on Tuesday and spilled into Wednesday, with officers reporting for work without actually doing any work.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said he had learnt of the go- slow by cops in Hlotse.
Supt Mopeli said management was trying to bring the situation under control, although he also said he was informed that services are running as normal.
He said the go- slow should be done in line with the law and proper procedure.

The action compromised the rehearsals for His Majesty King Letsie III celebrations after police officers who are preparing for the parade failed to show up.
The parade was supposed to be jointly held by the police and the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in preparation for the King’s birthday.
Celebrations for the King’s birthday celebrations will be held in Quthing district this year.
The job action seems to be escalating as more officers join in.
On Tuesday, police officers working in the Radio Room did not join the go- slow but yesterday they joined their colleagues.
Police sources said efforts by management to contain the situation on Tuesday failed.

On Wednesday, all the police officers in Hlotse downed their tools and no services were being offered.
The source said police officers were paid their monthly risk allowance only once this year.
“So they want the outstanding risk allowance (paid),” the source said.
The outstanding 6 percent increase dates back to 2015.
Acting Minister of Police, Prince Maliehe, recently told journalists that the government owed police officers countrywide M59 million.
He said Cabinet had approved the release of M50 million to settle the arrears, leaving a balance of M9 million.
Maliehe said he was informed of the Lesotho Police Staff Association (Leposa)’s grievances when he first came into office to act as the Minister of Police a few months ago.

Majara Molupe

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