LSRC members want answers

LSRC members want answers

MASERU – SPORTS federations that are members of Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) want to meet the Minister of Sport Dr. Mahali Phamotse to discuss the commission’s financial troubles.
This comes after the ministry cut the LSRC’s subvention to M2 million a year. LSRC says it can only pay staff and its quarterly rent of M120
000 with the new budget.

With 36 registered association members under its umbrella, the LSRC on Sunday called the presidents of associations to brief them about what is going on as far as money is concerned.
Recently, the LSRC has not been able to help several associations host their activities due to a lack of money.
This has pushed the presidents of the sports federations to seek a meeting with the minister.

The letter to Phamotse was sent yesterday and LSRC president, Advocate Jobo Rasoko, said they did not give the minister a time frame to respond but they are hoping it will take less than a month for her to get back to them.
“The LSRC subvention was about M7 to M9 million previously but it became clear when we were supposed to get the money that we will only be getting M2 million,” Rasoko said.

“The first M500 000 was enough to pay staff, rent, electricity because our rent quarterly is M120 000. The explanation we got from the director of sports in the ministry is that sports was only given M14 million,” he said.
“We called the presidents of the associations to let them know what was happening and they want the minister to address them. We have written a letter knowing how quick the minister is (to respond). We expect her not to take too long respond. We are aware some associations are still continuing with their activities with the help of their international federations,” Rasoko said.

Despite their struggles with money, LSRC is still planning to build a Team Lesotho that will represent the country next year at the 2020 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games set to be held in the country. LSRC was supposed to present its budget in front of the cabinet on Wednesday but the presentation has been postponed to a later date.
The LSRC also announced Teboho Malataliana as its acting chief executive officer until the sports commission appoints a new candidate after the current chief executive officer Sechaba Mokhameleli tendered his resignation.

Tlalane Phahla


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