Suspended WASCO boss dies

Suspended WASCO boss dies

MASERU – THE suspended Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) Chief Executive Officer Lehohohonolo Manamolela died on Tuesday at a hospital in South Africa.

A family spokesperson, Dr Pinkie Manamolela, confirmed the death to thepost yesterday but could not give further details.
She said the family is still shocked by the untimely death of their son.
And they are yet to sit down as a family to map the way forward regarding the death of their son.
The deceased was slapped with an indefinite suspension in June last year for allegedly awarding a M460 million tender to a Chinese-owned company without following proper procurement procedures.

The Chinese-owned UNIK Construction Engineering Company was awarded the Five Towns Water Supply project early last year.
According to WASCO, “The Five Towns Water Supply project involves water supply improvement in the five towns of Butha-Buthe, Hlotse, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, and Qacha’s Nek”.

“The improvement entails construction of river intake works, water treatment works, pumping stations, transmission mains, distribution mains, and reservoirs in the five towns,” WASCO further stated.
The deceased stood accused of awarding the tender to UNIK against the decisions of WASCO’s evaluation team which allegedly disqualified UNIK at the beginning of the tendering processes for allegedly failing to meet technical specifications that were set out in the tender document.

He was suspended from work effectively from Friday 29 June 2018 pending finalisation of the investigation.
During the period, ‘Mamojela Koneshe was to be the acting chief executive of the company.

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