By Caswell Tlali
MASERU — Ratokelo Nkoka says his movement from being director of language and culture in the Ministry of Communications to Radio Lesotho Director was a lateral transfer and not a promotion.
Nkoka was responding to press reports that suspended Communications Principal Secretary Nokhululeko Zaly is facing disciplinary charges because she promoted him unprocedurally.
He said the allegation is not only untrue but unfair as well as he was never promoted to his current position by Zaly.
Zaly is set to appear before a disciplinary hearing chaired by the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission’s government delegation boss, Lebohang Moleko, on Wednesday.
Moleko replaced the Lesotho National Development Corporation chief executive Joshua Setipa who withdrew from the hearing at the eleventh hour, which forced the Government Secretary Motlatsi Ramafole to ask Moleko to chair it.
Zaly is facing seven charges including the allegation that she promoted Nkoka to the position of Radio Lesotho director unlawfully.
Nkoka told the Sunday Express that this was never a promotion but a mere change of office, from being a director of language and culture to being the Radio Lesotho Director.
“It is true that ’M`e Zaly wrote me on March 15 this year, after consulting me first, and transferred me from that office to another,” Nkoka said.
“It is totally wrong to assume that the appointment was a promotion because I am still a director with the same salary and benefits.”
He added: “It is not true that I was promoted.”
Nkoka joined the ministry in March 2003 as Radio Lesotho controller of programmes and in 2007 he applied for an advertised position of director of language and culture.
“I have been a director in this ministry since then and I have never been promoted to any other position,” he said.
“For the past six years I have been in the position of director, getting paid a salary of director and other benefits of a director and on March 13, 2013 when ’M`e Zaly appointed me the director of Radio Lesotho nothing changed.”