IEC commissioners won’t be paid

IEC commissioners won’t be paid

MASERU-THE commissioners of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will not be paid their salaries at the end of the month because their contracts have expired, thepost heard this week.
Government Secretary Moahloli Mphaka told thepost last night that the commissioners do not deserve to be paid because they are no longer in government employ.

“Rightfully, it is not appropriate to continue working without a contract, it is wrong,” Mphaka said.
“They are not going to be paid as there will be no contract authorising such payment,” he said.
The IEC Chairperson Justice Mahapela Lehohla, Commissioners Advocate ’Mamosebi Pholo and Dr Makase Nyaphisi’s contracts expired on January 7 but they still continue with their duties.

Dr Nyaphisi said they are continuing with their work in good faith hence can’t leave the office.
“There is an element of good faith hence we are still working. If the government doesn’t cooperate then it’s something else. We will see what action we will take,” he said.

Dr Nyaphisi said the office of commissioner can’t be vacant “hence Law Minister Lebohang Hlaele authorized us to continue working although he did not authenticate the exact duration”.
“According to the constitution when commissioner’s contracts are extended for another term, the office doesn’t have to be vacant, we are given assurance that we should work until the new contracts are renewed” he said.

Dr. Nyaphisi further disclosed that they wrote to the government secretary Mphaka about the renewal of the contracts but there was some misunderstanding as he said the government won’t renew their contracts.
“But it’s not the government which renews our contracts but the council of state, he is not the decision maker but the custodian of our contracts,” he said.

However, Law Minister Lebohang Hlaele said he has never talked to the commissioners about continuation of work like Commissioner Nyaphisi has stipulated.
“I have never talked to the commissioners about the renewal or continuation of work either verbally or telephonically to make any promise whatsoever,” Hlaele said.

Commissioner Pholo said as IEC Commissioner she is continuing with her duty under verbal agreement between her and the employer and for her is enough authority.
“Either we are going to be paid or not it is nobody’s business but what is important is we are working and don’t ask me further questions,” she said.

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