MASERU — Democratic Congress youth leader, Thuso Litjobo, was yesterday fired from his job as a driver in the energy ministry.
Litjobo’s dismissal letter dated August 1, 2012 and signed by the ministry’s acting principal secretary, Emmanuel Lesoma, said the youth league chairman was fired for breaching terms of his employment contract.
“Your appearances at political rallies using a government vehicle and political statements on radio before and after elections are not aligned with your appointment as a public officer in the Lowlands Water Supply Unit,” Lesoma says in the letter.
“In view of this conduct your contract has been terminated with immediate effect from 01/08/2012. You will be paid one (1) month salary in lieu of notice.”
Litjobo yesterday told the Lesotho Times he was consulting his lawyers as “my expulsion is unfair”.
“It is unconstitutional and solely based on my political inclination. It goes against democratic principles even though ours is said to be a democratic dispensation,” Litjobo said.
According to Litjobo, the dismissal caught him by surprise because he was never “given verbal or written warnings over my conduct”.
“Never for once was I ever even called for a disciplinary hearing. I don’t even know how one is conducted because I’ve never had to attend one,” Litjobo said.
“This dismissal is unfair and definitely not something that one can accept easily.”
Litjobo said he only heard along the corridors of his department at Sentinel Park last Thursday that Minister Timothy Thahane was demanding that PS Lesoma “give him my employment file”.
“Then another source who was part of the heads of department meeting with the minister and PS on Monday told me that Ntate Thahane was insistent that I be fired,” Litjobo said.
Thahane however denied that he held any meeting to discuss Litjobo’s dismissal.
“It’s a blatant lie that I held any meeting with senior government officials to discuss the expulsion of a mere driver,” Thahane said.
“If Litjobo wants to remain a civil servant he knows the procedures he should follow instead of defaming me or any senior public official in the media,” he said.
“I was only informed that Litjobo has been dismissed in line with the Public Service Act.”
Thahane said he thinks Litjobo is “going too far by saying I called meetings to expel a mere driver”.