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Battle for pc fm rages

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Nat Molomo

MASERU — The battle for the control of People’s Choice FM (PC FM) rages on.
This week Mohau Thakaso, who claims to be the executive chairman of PC FM, filed papers with the High Court suing 22 people he accuses of frustrating his attempts to control the radio station.
Thakaso is supported in his lawsuit by Teboho Mothae, who claims to be the station’s director and appears in the court papers as the second plaintiff.
Vodacom Lesotho and two prominent lawyers, advocates Salemane Phafane and Thabo Mpaka and attorney Tšabo Matooane have joined the list of Thakaso’s targets.
Former PC FM director, Motlatsi Majara, who threw in the towel after a bruising fight with Thakaso is also cited as a respondent.
Station manager Kholu Qhobela, several staff members and shareholders are also cited.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday also cites the Standard Lesotho Bank, Post Bank as well the attorney general.
The two financial institutions are cited because they are PC FM’s bankers.
Thakaso has cited Vodacom Lesotho because he wants it to disclose the amount of money it paid to the PC FM for the Miss Vodacom-PC FM pageant since 2007.
Vodacom Lesotho sponsors the popular pageant.
Thakaso is asking the High Court to declare that Phafane and Mpaka are not directors of PC FM.
He says their appointment was unlawful.
“Advocates Salemane Phafane KC and Thabo Mpaka were further purported to have been appointed as members of the board of the 21st defendant (People’s Choice FM), which is also unlawful in that the plaintiffs were not invited to the said meeting.
“The plaintiffs were never invited to any meeting to ratify their appointment,” the applicants claim in their court papers.
Thakaso says the meeting was not convened in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act 1967 in that it was not called by a person with the necessary powers to call the company’s meetings.
Thakaso says that “despite demand, the Registrar of Companies has failed, ignored or refused to recognise the plaintiffs as the lawful authorities of the People’s Choice Broadcasting Studios (Pty) Ltd, which trades under the name People’s Choice FM”.
He contends that the only legitimate directors of the company are himself, Mothae and Mathibeli Moleko.
Matooane has been representing the respondents in many cases against Thakaso.
But in his court papers Thakaso claims that Matooane was never properly appointed to represent the company.
He told the court in his declaration that he had never been invited to any meeting where Matooane was appointed as the attorney for the company.
“It follows that the 16th defendant (Matooane) has not and was never appointed as the attorney of the company,” he said in the court papers.
He says Matooane “miraculously became” the company’s attorney “after the erstwhile attorney.
Thakaso claims that the previous Lawyer Molefi Nthloki had resigned because he had not been properly appointed to represent the company.

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