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Caswell Tlali

MASERU — The Private Sector Foundation of Lesotho (PSFL)’s chief executive, Thabo Qhesi, is ready to fight his new board of directors.
After his suspension last week Qhesi cut the office telephone line, locked the office and took important documents.
He has moved documents and computers to a company owned by Osman Moosa who was booted out as the foundation’s chairman at an extraordinary meeting on May 24.
Qhesi has aligned himself with Moosa’s camp in a factional fight that is now threatening to destroy the foundation.
The extraordinary meeting at Victoria Hotel resolved to fire Qhesi for alleged fraud.
And this week the new board led by businesswoman Leonia Mosothoane served Qhesi with a suspension letter.
Qhesi then locked his office and moved all important documents to Moosa’s office.
Mosothoane told a press conference on Friday that Qhesi had locked the office after he was suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he misused funds.
A defiant Qhesi told the Sunday Express that the new board should go to court if it wants to have access to the office.
“Let them go to court if they want any remedy. I do not know who they are to demand access to the PSFL offices,” Qhesi said.
“I will not have any talks with them unless they bring a court order because I do not know them.
“I have all the books with me and I know who the board members of this foundation are, not them.”
Qhesi said he will call a press conference tomorrow where Moosa will explain his stance on the fiasco.
On Friday night the new board got an interim court order to force Qhesi to hand over the office keys and the documents.
The order, issued by High Court judge Justice ’Maseforo Mahase, said the Moosa camp should hand over the office to “Mosothoane and the other members of the executive committee”.
Justice Mahase’s order also prevents the Moosa camp from using the foundation’s business account at Standard Lesotho Bank.
Standard Lesotho Bank has been ordered to “accept the signatures of Ntsepeng Tsita, the applicant’s treasurer” and Mosothoane and remove Moosa, Qhesi and Kutloano Sello who deputised Moosa in the old board.

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