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Seleke expected to rebuild LEC

The new LEC boss Mohato Seleke


Jan. 29, 2021 3 min read

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THE newly appointed Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) Managing Director Mohato Seleke who was recently fired from the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC)’s top position will have to dig deeper to bring unity and strengthen policy measures within the state owned utility company.

Mr Seleke will also have to go an extra mile towards ensuring that LEC customers enjoy improved access to electricity with limited challenges.

This was said by the company’s Public Relations Manager Makhetha Motšoari in an interview with Metro on Wednesday.

The utility company appointed Mr Seleke into the new post effective from January 22.

“The management of the Lesotho Electricity Company informs the public and all its consumers of the decision of the board of directors to appoint Mr Mohato Seleke as the new managing director effective from 22 January 2021,” LEC said in a statement.

His appointment comes after the sacking of former MD, Thabo Nkhahle in April last year.

Mr Nkhahle was initially suspended in December 2018 for allegedly flouting regulations when he solicited work permits for South Africans hired by the company.

He had only served as MD from February the same year.

Since Mr Nkhahle’s departure, a number of top managers within the company have acted as MDs until the recent permanent engagement of the former LNDC boss.

Immediately after Mr Nkhahle’s suspension, a former board member Leketekete Ketso assumed the position as acting MD. He left after the then group of board members was dismissed from office.

Following the dismissal of that board, the acting role was assumed by Liteboho Ramokopo for a couple of months before handing over to Lebeko Sello.

The new MD, Seleke is now in the process of taking full control of the position from Sello who is likely to return to his original position as the Manager of the IT department.

“Since he is joining the company during the lockdown period, he is still in the process of taking over from Mr Sello. He has so far met senior management and yet to meet the rest of the staff members. So that means he has not yet settled in,” Mr Motšoari told Metro.

Expectations, he said are high that the new boss will deliver based on his notable capabilities.

“We expect to see him bring unity within members of the staff as well as respond to the high demand of electricity in the country. We have high demand of electricity now more than ever before because the number of customers keeps on increasing.


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“So we have to respond to that demand and also be in a better position to respond to customer’s queries as quickly as we possibly can. This is important because electricity is the catalyst of the country’s economy, without which there is no economy,” he also said.

He said the new MD will also be tasked to ensure strengthening of the company policy structures to be in line with the ever changing modern world.

“This is particularly important because as a leader, you are guided by policy. So we believe in his capabilities because we have seen what he has done for his previous employer, LNDC. He will help us a lot on corporate governance issues,” he added. 

Over the years, Mr Seleke has worked on numerous assignments for both local and international organisations in the areas of corporate finance, investment and international trade and technology integration.

Among others, he consulted for the Commonwealth, the UNDP, SACU and CARE.

He also brings to LEC a wealth of experience on corporate governance having served as a director and chairperson for a number of reputable local companies and regional organisations.

He holds a Masters of Business administration (MBA) from the University of the Free State and also graduated from the National University of Lesotho with B.Sc in Mathematics and Statistics. He further completed advanced training in Operations Management and Logistics and Lean Management with both University of Free State and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

 

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