He said it was challenging for the government to settle all its arrears at once due to inflation and other contributing economic factors, adding that such payments could only be made quarterly. He said in March, a sum of 12 million was paid out leaving behind a balance of M59 million. “But when these arrears were being paid during that term some errors occurred whereby other officers were mistakenly remunerated. We are in the process of looking into correcting that fault and to further pay out M9 million to cover for outstanding arrears for this quarter. If all the money was released at the same time, then police officers wouldn’t be receiving their salaries as we speak,” he noted.
Since 2015 police officers through the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA) have been fighting for salary adjustments but were snubbed by successive governments until in March this year, when the former police minister ’Mampho Mokhele asked Parliament to allocate over M710.4 million to her ministry as a recurrent budget. Mrs Mokhele argued that part of the money would go towards adjusting the salaries of police officers by six percent. Mrs Mokhele’s decision was according to Leposa’s deputy secretary general Inspector Teboho Molumo in compliance with an out of court settlement in a case in which LEPOSA had sued the government in 2016.
M9 million for unpaid police salaries
June 27, 2019 3 min read
KABELO MASOABI Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has given the greenlight for the payment of the 6% salary increment amounting to M9million to the police. Thabane made the unexpected pronouncement during a press briefing that was held yesterday at the Ministry of Communications, showing that the said amount was budgeted to cover payments to be made in the current quarter.