MKM boss in fresh trouble

MASERU — The director of the beleaguered MKM, Simon Thebe ea Khale, is in trouble again.

This time it’s not about his alleged failure to pay depositors or operating banking and insurance business. 

He is facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to report an accident at his company.

Thebe ea Khale appeared in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing two counts of violating the Workman’s Compensation Act.

The first count relates to his failure to report an accident at his company. The second charge is that he had not insured his company against liability related to accidents at work.

The charges arose after one of his employees, Thabang Khau, had an accident while working at MKM.

It is not clear what kind of injuries he suffered but the charge sheet seen by the Lesotho Times says he was unable to work for two months after the accident.

Thebe ea Khale is out on free bail.

He will appear in court again on August 7.

Thebe ea Khale’s failure to report the accident makes it difficult for Khau to claim compensation because there would be no records that he was injured while at work. 

The Workman’s Compensation Act states that an employer should report accidents at the workplace and insure himself in respect of all liability that he may incur.

The prosecutor, Ralets’oanahali Lerotholi, declined to comment on the case saying it was still being dealt with by the court.

Khau also declined to comment, saying he was waiting for advice from his lawyer.

Efforts to contact Thebe ea Khale were not successful.

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