Rantšo in battle to push out private secretary

Rantšo in battle to push out private secretary

MASERU -LABOUR Minister Keketso Rantšo has an unwanted employee in her office and she cannot get rid of him as yet.
Rantšo, who is the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) party leader, is struggling to fire her private secretary, Retšelisitsoe Lesane.
Lesane, who is the RCL’s youth league president, has since openly told Rants’o that he is going nowhere.
He is brandishing an interim High Court order that says he should remain in office despite the minister’s attempt to fire him.
Thanks to that order, the minister has now been forced to work with a private secretary she doesn’t want.
The standoff between the minister and Lesane could be a reflection of the factional fights within the RCL.
The dispute started last Tuesday when Rantšo wrote to Lesane, asking him to explain why he could not be fired.
“She said I am not doing my job correctly,” Lesane told thepost.

Lesane said in the letter the minister accused him of neglecting his duties and being incompetent.
The youth leader alleged that the minister said if he did not respond within seven days he would be automatically fired.
Lesane responded by filing an urgent application in the High Court to block his impending dismissal.
He told thepost this week that the minister does not have the authority to fire him because he was not hired by her but by the Public Service Commission.
He said the minister violated procedure when she wrote him a “show cause” letter.
He said the minister’s allegations that he is lazy and inept came as a shock to him because he was under the impression that he was doing well.
“I was never called for a disciplinary hearing or even given a notice as should be done in the public service,” he said, adding that he will not grovel to the minister because he is “not a product of Rantšo’s RCL party”.

“I came here with my rich profile. I am not her property at all.”
He said until the High Court finalises the case he will continue to work with the minister “as if nothing has happened”.
He said in the meantime he will remain loyal to the minister but he also expects the minister to “act professionally” to avoid conflicts.
Lesane also accused Rantšo of being “weak”, adding that he will be a laughing stock if he allows her to push him around.
Rantšo could not be reached for comment because her phone was not being answered.
Lesane has been Rantšo’s private secretary since 2017.

Nkheli Liphoto

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