Lioli appeal to courts

Lioli appeal to courts

MASERU-Lioli’s infighting has now escalated to the courts of law with the club’s current committee filing an urgent application asking for court intervention.

In the papers filed on Monday, Lioli Football Club and the Board of Lioli Football Club are cited as first and second applicants, respectively. The applicants are aggrieved by decisions and resolutions made by the Berea District Football Association (DIFA) which they claim compromise the administration of the club.

DIFA Berea is cited as the first respondent with the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC), Lesotho Football Association (LEFA), Commissioner of Police, Berea Police Station, Standard Lesotho Bank, Chief Sempe Masupha, former Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana, Lioli general manager Hlalele Matobako and the club’s main sponsors, Alliance Insurance Company, among the other respondents in the case.

Lioli’s executive say DIFA Berea accused them of hijacking the team and ordered the board to be disbanded.
Lioli’s executive is represented by attorney Christopher Lephuthing.
The case was heard yesterday and is set to continue today.

In the certificate of urgency, Lioli board member Thato Matheka says that through their conduct, the respondents are in breach of the constitution and that their conduct gives rise to “anticipatory breach to which applicants are entitled to immediate remedies at law.”

In his founding affidavit, Lioli’s president Hlajoane Lesaoana accuses Thotanyana of refusing to hand over the contracts the club has with Alliance Insurance as well as information regarding the employment of Matobako. He said other files belonging to the club are still in Thotanyana’s possession.

Lesaoana said it is suspicious as there are financial records and transactions that cannot be traced and he wants the courts to compel Thotanyana to make them available.
He says due to Thotanyana’s financial expertise as a qualified chartered accountant, his decision to refuse to relinquish financial records raises questions.

Lesaoana alleges that Thotanyana scolded Alliance employees and warned them of putting their employment at risk if they release such contracts to Lioli’s board.

Thotanyana is alleged to have told Alliance and Standard Lesotho Bank that the current Lioli board is illegally in control of the club and that they are refusing to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM).
As a result, the bank froze Lioli’s accounts.

Lesaoana said the report compiled by DIFA Berea is accusing them of clinging to power and the committee has formally complained to LEFA but they have not been assisted.
He told the court that LEFA officials told them it would be difficult for them to intervene on irrelevant transactions of the first respondent, DIFA Berea.
Lesaoana said Lioli’s board need certainty that the payments of salaries will not be interrupted again at the end of this week.

However, Standard Bank has made it clear that if there are complaints they will freeze the club’s accounts again.
Meanwhile, former president Thotanyana, who is now the club’s patron, yesterday wrote to LEFA to lodge a formal complaint against the current club committee made of Lesaoana, Moses Maliehe, Liteboho Mofolo, Rapuoa Raseleso, ‘Mamoqebelo Semethe, Tšepo Shoai and Matjeke Thamae for acting without proper authority and taking football related matters to court.

Thotanyana asked the office of the LEFA’s secretary general to take disciplinary action against the said individuals.

Tlalane Phahla

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