Jobs’ fight rock AD

Jobs’ fight rock AD

MASERU – THE Alliance of Democrats (AD) spokesman, Thuso Litjobo, has been accused of launching a sinister campaign to tarnish the image of the party’s secretary general, Mahali Phamotse.
In an interview with thepost Litjobo refused to mention Phamotse by name but kept saying “that minister”.

The fight is over the allocation of jobs in government ministries controlled by the party.
The AD secretary general, Dr Mahali Phamotse, is in control of Youth Ministry as the minister.
Litjobo told thepost yesterday that all ministries controlled by the AD have serious conflicts because of “that minister”.
“I want to make it clear to the entire nation that in this government there is a minister who will soon be known for issues around teachers, LCS and the Ministry of Justice,” Litjobo said.

Phamotse is the former Minister of Education and Litjobo suggests that she contributed in the recent spate of teachers strikes in order to “destabilise” the ministry and “confuse” Minister Ntoi Rapapa and his two deputies, all of whom are AD members.
Rapapa is the AD deputy leader.

Litjobo also accused “that minister” of using a female prison warder to distabilise the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) and the entire Ministry of Justice, led by Mokhele Moletsane, who is also a member of AD.
He accused her of befriending the female prison warder.
“She was seen with that minister yet she was very vocal about embarrassing our leader,” he said.

He also said one AD youth member recorded their conversation with the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Justice in which he was asking for a job.
“He recorded while asking for a job and then took the dialogue to social media groups and after that one minister gave that boy a job because he did a good job according to that minister,” Litjobo said.

The conversation between the Justice principal secretary Lebohang Mochaba and an unknown young man was trending on social media. It gave a glimpse into how the AD hires its own in the civil service.
In the clip the young man complained that he was denied a job in the LCS because he didn’t belong to a camp allegedly favoured by Mochaba.
Mochaba, at that time, denied that it was her voice in the audio clip. She refused to comment when approached by the thepost.

This is the clip that has irked Litjobo and he is blaming “that minister” for framing Mochaba and later rewarded the young man with a job in one of the government departments.
He also said now there are squabbles in the Justice Ministry pertaining the Court of Appeal’s suspension caused by “that minister”.
“All these problems are caused by one person,” he added.

AD activist Joseph Ntakha said Litjobo wants to split the party because of “his spirit of factionalism”.
He said Litjobo does not know how to work without involving fights.
“Even in LCD he used to call us Lijamollo. In the Democratic Congress (DC) he started the same thing,” Ntakha said.
He does not like peace at all, he said.
Ntakha said Litjobo and his camp wanted the youth who recorded the principal secretary to die of hunger.

And Dr Mahali sacrificed and gave that guy a job.
“His wife is pregnant and he was indeed in need of a job,” he said.
He said after giving the young man a job, Litjobo and his people started attacking him for that.
That guy was desperate for a job, they wanted to see him dying of hunger, Ntakha said.
He said Justice Principal Secretary rubbed off the name of the young man from those that the AD had listed for LCS jobs.

Ntakha is known for touting the jobless youth to join AD with the promise that they will be hired in government irrespective of their educational qualifications.
He boasts in the social media that he is working in the Home Affairs Ministry without having gone under any job interview “and many youth with just standard seven certificates have been hired”.

Phamotse told thepost last night that these are serious allegations against her as the AD secretary general and government minister.
She however said she does not intend fighting back but instead work towards building peace in the party as this is her core responsibility as the secretary general.
“Every village has its own psychopath and every home has a toilet. I mean there are problems in all parties, why should the AD be exceptional?”
Phamotse said the AD will deal with the matter internally “and our differences will be solved amicably”.

Nkheli Liphoto


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