PAC wants answers over stolen computers

PAC wants answers over stolen computers

MASERU – THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday demanded that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) explain what happened to 21 laptops that went missing in the run-up to elections in 2015.

“We want to have a clear understanding of what happened here because the loss of that equipment is a loss of the government’s (property),” the PAC chairman Selibe Mochoboroane said.
IEC Information Technology (IT) manager, Lebohang Bulane, told the committee that the 21 laptops went missing at the IEC headquarters in 2015.
“Those laptops were later found in South Africa through the investigations of the police,” Bulane said.

Bulane said police investigations further revealed that people who were involved in this fraud were Basotho and some South Africans.
He told the committee that the IEC staff were not involved in the fraud.

Bulane further told the PAC that some of the laptops disappeared in some districts.
“Back in 2016 two desktop (computers) went missing in Quthing at the IEC offices and this issue is in the hands of the police,” he said.
The director of IEC in Quthing, ’Masara Fosa, said the case happened in 2016 in Moyeni in Quthing district.

“The offices we were using had a front door and a back door, so according to the investigations, the person who stole those desktops used the back door to enter the office and steal those computers,” Fosa said.

Bulane said the other equipment that went missing at the IEC offices was a hard drive in Mafeteng and police are still conducting the investigations.
’Maphehello Nkopane, the IEC director in Mafeteng, said the hard drive disappeared at the time they were moving from one office to another.
“But the police are still conducting investigations of that hard drive,” Nkopane said.

Mochoboroane said the country is losing millions of maloti buying equipment which “at the end of the day disappears just like water in the sand”.
“Things should not be taken for granted and we have to be serious and report things like this to the police,” Mochoboroane said.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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