Lebelonyane bosses turn on each other

Lebelonyane bosses turn on each other

Staff Reporter

MASERU – DIRECTORS at Lebelonyane Fleet Solutions (Pty) Ltd are at each other’s throats over a tender scandal that has sucked in the Democratic Congress (DC) party.

The squabbling directors are said to be split along DC factional fault-lines with one backing Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and the other his deputy Monyane Moleleki.

On Monday a director who claims to own a quarter of the company, Lebohang Maketa, was fuming when he said ’Matikane Khali, Kereke Moteletsane and Letsatsi Mabona are not members of his company.

The trio, together with Lipalesa Ramphi whom Maketa recognises as a director and shareholder, have for the past three months accused Finance Minister ’Mamphono Khaketla of corruption saying she demanded a M4 million bribe from them to get a lucrative tender to provide the government with fleet services.

Khaketla is also the DC treasurer.

In August, barely a month after accusations that Khaketla corruptly solicited bribe from the directors through her friend Thabo Napo, Maketa wrote a letter to the minister distancing himself from the fight against her.

“I am of the belief that with this letter, if your office takes legal action in regard to defamation against you together with the government as a whole, this letter will protect me,” reads Maketa’s letter in part.

Maketa told a press conference on Monday that the three individuals had no relations with Lebelonyane and should stop presenting themselves as its directors or shareholders.

He said Lebelonyane’s directors are Lieketseng Mabona, ’Masebale Moteletsane, Lipalesa Ramphi and himself and all of them are directors and shareholders with 500 shares each.

Maketa was accompanied at the press conference by organisers of the September 18 march to support Mosisili and army boss Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.

The group spoke at the conference supporting Maketa while attacking a rival faction of the DC led by Moleleki.

Maketa vehemently denied that they had met at Khaketla’s home or at her office where she demanded bribe.

He also told the conference that he deposed to an affidavit supporting Khaketla in a suit in which Ramphi is challenging Khaketla’s decision to cancel the fleet tender which she said Lebelonyane had won fairly and squarely.

“She does not represent this company because we have not sent her to do that,” Maketa said, adding: “I don’t know who gave him such powers.”

On the same day, his nemesis Letsatsi Mabona held a separate press conference where he said Maketa would “be dealt with in the company”.

Mabona said Maketa is already outvoted because he is alone and “it is wrong for a director to go against the wishes of the company he is leading”.

“Such director deserves to be disciplined,” he said.

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