Mochoboroane wants PS grilled

Mochoboroane wants PS grilled

MASERU – THE Movement for Economic Change (MEC) leader, Selibe Mochoboroane, wants the principal secretary for the Ministry of Education taken to task over how they handled the teachers’ strike.
Mochoboroane told a party rally in Taung constituency during Independence Day celebrations that the ministry had bungled the manner it implemented “its unlawful no-work, no-pay” policy.

He said it was simply unacceptable that the ministry had failed to pay teachers’ who worked during the strike.
Some teachers were livid last month after the government mixed up data resulting in teachers who were not on strike not being paid.

“The Education PS (Dr Thabiso Lebese) must know that your day is coming when you will answer for the mess you and Professor Ntoi Rapapa did in this ministry,” Mochoboroane said.
He accused the PS and the minister of taking teachers for granted adding that the teachers’ salaries were withheld without any hearing.
Mochoboroane has made a name for himself in Lesotho politics as a no-nonsense chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The PAC is well known for grilling government officials over their use and management of public funds.
“The day for questioning is nigh,” Mochoboroane said.
He commended Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for shuffling Professor Rapapa from the Ministry of Education adding the minister had dismally failed to deal with the teachers’ grievances.

Professor Rapapa is now Energy Minister after Thabane reshuffled Cabinet last Thursday.
Mochoboroane said Professor Rapapa said he would not pay teachers “but that is not supported by any law”.
He said a Bill proposing ‘no work no pay’ has not yet been passed in Parliament.

Mochoboroane said the failure to pay teachers was against the spirit of independence. Lesotho gained her independence from the British on October 4, 1966.
He said Lesotho was in a mess because of the incompetence of its rulers.

Contacted for comment last night, Dr Lebese said he would not comment on what was said at a political rally.
“No I won’t respond to the politician’s issues at his political rally, with his political party and his opinions. He was speaking as a politician to his followers. Therefore I won’t be able to respond to him,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto


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