MASERU — Education Minister ’Makabelo Mosothoane has suspended four senior officials for alleged corruption, only two weeks after her appointment.
The suspended officials are the Deputy Principal Secretary ’Mota Sekonyela, Chief Education Officer Thuto Ntsekhe-Mokhehle, Senior Quantity Surveyor Leemisa Mokone and Quantity Surveyor Halieo Lesela-Pitso.
Their suspension is linked to the management of the ministry’s Fast Track Initiative (FTI), a programme under the global partnership for education for all.
The project supports the construction of classrooms, refurbishment in existing schools and provision of teaching and learning materials.
It is not clear what the officials have done but the ministry says they were suspended because they are “implicated in the matter concerning seven primary schools under the Fast Track Initiative (FTI) project supervised by World Bank.”
The officers were suspended on Friday.
They will remain on suspension until investigations are completed.
The ministry said their case was reported to the police on September 21 last year.
The schools involved in the scam are Makherehloa Primary School in Mokhotlong, Linotsing Primary School in Thaba Tseka, Tsuinyane Primary School in Mohale’s Hoek, Makhehla Primary School in Thaba Tseka, Heremone Primary School in Mafeteng, Ts’enolong Primary School in Qacha’s Nek and Thoteng Primary School.