BNP to drag Molapo to a disciplinary hearing

BNP to drag Molapo to a disciplinary hearing

MASERU-FORMER Basotho National Party (BNP) deputy leader, Chief Joang Molapo, is set to be dragged to a disciplinary hearing after he criticised the party in public, thepost heard yesterday.

The party leadership yesterday told a press conference that Molapo, who has since announced his defection to the Alliance of Democrats (AD), will be disciplined.
“Chief Joang (Molapo) will be brought to a disciplinary hearing,” Machesetsa Mofomobe said.

Mofomobe is the BNP’s new deputy leader.
Moeketsi Hanyane, who is the party’s deputy general secretary, also confirmed the development.
But Molapo last night dismissed the call for a disciplinary hearing calling it “a joke”.

Molapo last month accused the party leadership, especially its MPs, of “only taking care of their stomachs and not the people’s interests”.
Molapo, who is still occupying the BNP proportional representative seat in parliament, has been blunt in his criticism of the party.

The party says he is bitter after he was snubbed for a ministerial post in the new coalition government.
Meanwhile, the BNP this week called for a forensic investigation into the abuse of public funds at the Covid-19 Command Centre.

The party has been battling to fend off allegations that its leader, Thesele ’Maseribane, who was leading the Command Centre had benefited from underhand deals.
But speaking at a press conference in Maseru yesterday, Mofomobe denied that their leader had looted public funds.

“If a forensic investigation is launched against the rot, the BNP leader’s name will be cleared of all wrongdoing,” Mofomobe said.
’Maseribane was the chairman of the Covid-19 National Emergency Command Centre (NECC), which Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro disbanded when he took over power.

The command centre, now renamed the National Covid-19 Secretariat (Nacosec), is presently led by the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) boss Thabo Khasipe who is on secondment.
Documents leaked from the NECC showed that there was rampant corruption at the centre with funds being misappropriated.
A leaked document showed the details of how the M698 million that was budgeted for fighting Covid-19 was looted.

It showed that about M6.3 million would be spent for lunch and dinner while each of them would be paid an allowance of M500.
Morning tea cost M120 per head, making it M1.5 million for the planned six months of working at the NECC.

The document also showed that the price of a non-contact thermometer was inflated to M500 000, which normally costs less than M10 000.
Wi-fi at the NECC and 10 districts offices was budgeted for M7.5 million, with a geographical information mapping system budgeted for M1.8 million.

The BNP said ’Maseribane was not part of the rot.
Mofomobe said people must understand that the chairman of ministers working on Covid-19 “is not a chief accounting officer therefore should not be blamed”.

He said legal documents that released all funds in the fight against Covid-19 came from the Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, not from the Ministry of Communications where ’Maseribane is a minister.
“A forensic audit should be launched immediately so that the Command Centre’s misused funds saga is unravelled,” Mofomobe said.

“According to the same letter (from Prime Minister’s Office) other funds are directed to the Ministry of Health. We want a forensic audit to expose everything,” he said.

“There is a process followed before public funds are used every time.”
“The decision to use money was not at the Command Center,” he said.
He said the BNP’s proposed forensic audit will reveal who misused funds, adding if ’Maseribane is found to have looted the funds, he should also face the music.

Nkheli Liphoto

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