Chaos reigns at IEC

Chaos reigns at IEC

MASERU – THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has renewed a multi-million Maloti contract despite an earlier decision not to renew such deals without going to tender.
Face Technologies has bagged a one- year contract worth M4 million, sources said.
The contract was renewed early this month, sources said.
Sources close to the matter told thepost this week that suspended Director of Elections Dr Letholetseng Ntsike made a decision that companies that were working at the IEC should not have their contracts renewed upon expiry.

This, sources said the decision was taken after Dr Ntsike appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to account for some unclear administrative issues happening at the institute.
There were some companies whose contracts were not clear, the sources told thepost.
But when Dr Ntsike left, the decisions that she made were not upheld as evidenced by the renewal of the Facing Technologies contract.
The company gets M800, 000.00 quarterly under the deal.
Before being suspended, Dr Ntsike ordered that all contracts should be open for bidding in an open tender to enhance transparency.

IEC spokesperson Tuoe Hantsi flatly refused to discuss the issue with the media.
When contacted for comment, Dr Ntsike confirmed that she issued the directive before she was suspended.
She said some contracts have been running since the setting up of the IEC, hence the decision to open up the bidding process to ensure accountability.
“There was no discussion as yet on which contracts we were planning not to renew, “she said.
She said she did not know what happened after she left.
Dr Ntsike was suspended from the IEC on the 4th March this year.

Dr Makase Nyapisi, one of the IEC commissioners, said they decided to suspend Dr Ntsike after she defied an order by commissioners to process payments for their incentives and the salaries of their drivers and secretaries.
He said Dr Ntsike’s alleged defiance was a clear indication that she was being influenced by “powers that are coming from somewhere else”.

But Dr Ntsike has in turn hit back, saying she could not take orders from the commissioners as their mandate had expired without being renewed.
The three IEC commissioners’ contracts expired on the 7th January this year but they are still in office enjoying IEC’s cars and petrol, air time and other benefits.

Majara Molupe


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