New nasty fight over wool

New nasty fight over wool

MASERU – A fresh battle is looming between wool farmers and the government.
This follows a High Court ruling that struck down the regulations that prohibited farmers from exporting their wool and mohair without licences.
That ruling has however triggered a fresh fight as government is allegedly refusing to give farmers export permits to send their wool to South Africa.

The Ministry of Agriculture is allegedly reluctant to issue the permits.
So nasty is the battle that Small Business Minister, Chalane Phori, recently told a local radio station that “I rather be castrated” instead of allowing farmers to export their wool.
Phori said the government will not grant permits because it has appealed against the judgement and has applied for a stay of execution of the High Court ruling.
Now one local company is suing the government to issue export permits.

Mahloenyeng Trading, a wool and mohair broking company, has filed an urgent application in the High Court seeking to compel Ministry of Agriculture to issue the export permit.
The ministry has until May 2 to give reasons why it cannot issue the permit.
David Telford, Managing Director of Mahloenyeng, told thepost he believes ministry officials are reluctant to issue the permits because they are afraid of being fired.
This, he said, is worrying because the High Court ruled that the regulations are null and void.

Rethabile Mahloane, Principal Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, said the ministry is not issuing permits because it is waiting for the High Court’s ruling on the application for stay of execution.
“Until then our hands are tied, we cannot issue any permits,” Mahloane said.
Meanwhile, an independent wool and mohair trader and veterinary doctor Mohlalefi Moteane told thepost that his efforts to get an export permit have been frustrated.
“This is just another tactic by the government to oppress the already suffering farmers,” Moteane said, adding that there is no respect for rule of law.
“The judgment is clear but we cannot proceed because it does not please the government,” he said.

Khotsang Moshoeshoe, the spokesperson of Lesotho Wool and Mohair Growers Association (LMWGA), said farmers are shocked that the government is refusing to issue permits.
“I heard that several minsters on the wool and mohair subcommittee threatened to fire anyone from the Ministry of Agriculture for issuing a permit until the courts have granted or denied the government the stay of execution,” Moshoeshoe said.
“This came as a shock to us as farmers because usually, the stay of execution applies in situations where the other party is owed and fears that by the time the appeal is granted what is owed would not be available.”

“In our case we owe the government nothing, not wool or mohair or even money.”
He said the farmers cannot collect their wool from the Thaba-Bosiu Wool because the records are not in order.
“The quality and quantity is different from what the farmers have submitted for sale due to their selling and handling strategy.”

Advocate Qhalehang Letsika, attorney for the farmers, said the government’s application for a stay of execution does not stop farmers from exporting their wool and mohair.
As the mohair shearing season opens, some farmers are still waiting for the centre to pay their for last year’s deliveries.

Lemohang Rakotsoane


Previous Not yet over for Majantja
Next 22 litigants in limbo

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/thepostc/public_html/wp-content/themes/trendyblog-theme/includes/single/post-tags-categories.php on line 7

About author

You might also like

Local News

A bridge of hope

HA-SEKANTŠI – TURN back to the rural areas… that’s where the engine of development has to be found. As if following this wise counsel by renowned Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe,


Lesotho Flour Mills bosses in trouble

MASERU – THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will grill the Lesotho Flour Mills managers over the company’s failure to pay dividends to the government. The government owns 49 percent of the


The ultimate break-through

…………  New app that predicts climate trends to boost farmers…… MASERU – INNOVATE or die. That was the message from a local man who has come up with a fresh idea