Manyokole’s case deferred

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Tefo Tefo

FORMER Health Ministry Principal Secretary (PS) Lefu Manyokole’s case in which he seeks reinstatement as Ultimate Radio Station Manager has been rescheduled for 22 November this year.

The case was supposed to be heard on Tuesday by High Court judge, Justice ‘Maseshophe Hlajoane, but had to be rescheduled due to what High Court Assistant Registrar Starford Sharite described as “unavoidable circumstances”.

“The case has been rescheduled for 22 November after failing to proceed today because of some unavoidable circumstances,” Mr Sharite said in an interview with the Lesotho Times.

Mr Manyokole approached the High Court on 1 July 2016 seeking an order that he be reinstated to his previous job as station manager at Ultimate Radio – a government-owned radio station under the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology.

Mr Manyokole argues he was transferred from the radio station to become PS by the Thomas Thabane-led previous coalition government on what is termed secondment and that he is entitled to his previous job.

If he is not reinstated, Mr Manyokole is seeking that he be paid remuneration commensurate with the position of station manager until he is 60-years old – the age at which government employees are expected to retire.

However, the government opposes his application and the case will be argued on 22 November.

The respondents include Public Service PS, Commissioner of Police, Public Service Commission, Ministry of Police and Public Safety PS, Communications Ministry’s PS and the Attorney-General.

Mr Manyokole has since fled the country, claiming his life was in danger after his home was twice besieged, allegedly by state security agents.

The former PS said his ordeal started when he ignored a notice to vacate his government house. A group of 13 heavily-armed men, whom he said had claimed to be police officers from the Special Operations Unit, allegedly stormed his house and demanded to see him but he was away at the time.

Mr Manyokole also claimed two unmarked bakkies full of state security officials had visited his parents’ home in Lekhaloaneng looking for him.

However, police spokesperson Superintendent Clifford Molefe told the Lesotho Times they had not received any report from Mr Manyokole concerning the allegations.

 

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