Chaos looms at LTDC

Chaos looms at LTDC

. . . as government appoints two boards

MASERU – CHAOS looms at the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) after the government appointed two boards to run the corporation. Former Tourism Minister ’Mamotsie Motsie appointed four people to the LTDC board a few weeks before she was moved to the Ministry of Forestry in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Mbuiselo Mbonjwa, Chaole Mamothibe, Teko Mofoka and Meko Mabue are holding their appointment letters from Motsie. They were still waiting for the tourism ministry’s legal department to publish their names in a government gazette when Motsie left. “Those people have their letters and the legal department was working on the gazette to confirm them as board members,” Motsie said last night.

“As far as I am concerned I had appointed those people to the board.” Things however suddenly changed when Motlohi Maliehe became tourism minister. Instead of confirming Motsie’s appointees Maliehe nominated his own candidates. Maliehe’s appointees are Attorney Khotso Nthontho, former communications principal secretary (PS) Nonkululeko Zaly, Relebohile Liphoto who has experience in finance and former tourism PS Thato Mohasoa.

Maliehe showed thepost the appointment letters. He said he was the only one who has the power to appoint the four board members. Maliehe said the law states that members of the board should have experience or qualifications in tourism, finance, environment and law. His appointees, he said, have the relevant experience and qualifications. He said the board will probably start work next week.

Maliehe insisted that there was no board when he was appointed minister. “If there was a board, I could not appoint mine,” he said. He said he was only shocked when he received a call from someone, who refused to identify himself, asking him why he does not want to work with him. He said the call was in connection with the board appointed by his predecessor “and that did not make any sense to me”. Maliehe said the law also clearly explains that he has the power to dissolve the board if he is not satisfied with it.

LTDC chief executive Mpaiphele Maqutu said he was not aware of the two boards. He said as far as he knew the new board will be coming in soon. “Everything has been handled well. There is nothing bad. Processes are underway to ensure that a new board comes in,” Maqutu said. “It’s only the change in the ministers that had delayed the appointment but things are now at an advanced stage. The board is made up of nine members, five of whom are nominated by hospitality associations.

Majara Molupe

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