Advocate Seeng Matsosa fingered the personal aide, Hlophe Matla, as well as the secretary ’Masentle Ntobaki as accomplices in the saga surrounding the Frazer Solar project deal during parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing on Tuesday.
In her testimony, Adv Matsosa told the PAC that both Mr Matla and Mrs Ntobaki were the two witnesses during the signing of the agreement between former Minister Tšolo and Frazer Solar which has plummeted the government into a legal court battle that will be heard next week Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She said the government has since the emergence of this soured deal challenged the Johannesburg High Court that ruled in favour of Frazer Solar by filing prayers for stay of execution against Lesotho's assets to be seized by Frazer Solar as compensation to the company for breach of contract.
She further revealed that the government was served with the court papers to attend hearings on the matter in South Africa but that ''the court papers were sent to the wrong office of the then Government Secretary, Moahloli Mphaka, and not the office of the Attorney General, hence failure to attend the hearing.''
However, Adv Matsosa failed to provide the PAC with relevant documents supporting her evidence but promised to do so at a later stage.
For his part, the Oversight Management Director Development Planning, Mothobi Letooane, revealed during the same sitting that he was among the officers who attended a Frazer Solar briefing held at the Durham Link office around 2017/18.
He said they suspected foul play in the manner that the project was being handled and decided to distance themselves from it.
He tabulated the proper procedure for any project to be considered and approved
Mr Letooane said in this particular project, the Ministry of Energy should have been the one that came up with the project concept and that the Ministry of Finance ought to have been notified for the feasibility study to be conducted to evaluate the viability of the project.
He submitted that it was unusual that the former Minister in the Prime Minister's Office was the one spearheading the project and that not even Principal Secretaries as chief accounting officers were part of the Durham Link meeting.
He conceded that no Cabinet meeting ever discussed the project according to the information he has at his disposal.
He said even though the project was meant to reduce electricity consumption on all government offices and houses, it would not be easy and cheap to maintain.