Former NSS boss wants job back

Former NSS boss wants job back

MASERU – Colonel Tumo Lekhooa whom Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fired as National Security Service (NSS) boss wants his job back.

Colonel Lekhooa was promoted to the position of colonel in September last year and was quickly posted to the NSS.

But Thabane has since stripped him of that position and sent him back to the army where he is the director of Military Intelligence.

In papers filed on Monday Colonel Lekhooa is asking the court to set aside that decision as null and void.

The respondents in the urgent application are the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and National Security, Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs and the Attorney General.

Colonel Lekhooa argues that his dismissal is unconstitutional. He also wants the court to declare that he is entitled to his salary and benefits for what had remained of his contract before he was fired.

Lekhooa’s firing from the NSS sparked furore among opposition parties who saw it as Thabane’s way of ‘political cleansing’ by purging all senior government officials who got their positions during Mosisili’s administration.

Staff Reporter

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