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Finance Minister Provides Clarity

Maseru – The Minister of Finance Dr. ‘Mamphono Khaketla has refuted allegations that public servants’ salaries for this month will be delayed.

According to a media statement from the Ministry, Dr. Khaketla said there is nothing happening in the Ministry to suggest that such a misfortune will occur because the budget for salaries is available.

Meanwhile, Dr. Khaketla said government has purchased 283 vehicles to date, which are being allocated to ministries, adding that they have received 1789 applications from Basotho to lease their vehicles to government.

However she said the process of assessing the applications is currently underway to identify the 600 vehicles that the government will lease from Basotho and government is also in discussions with the transport industry on the procurement of passenger vehicles from the organised transport industry.

She said on October third, government represented by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Public Works and Transport met with the public transport sector, and it was agreed that the industry would supply government with 200 vehicles, and they are yet to finalise terms of procurement.

On the other hand, Dr. Khaketla pointed out that Parliament had appropriated 200 Million Maloti for Local Government elections but following the decision to postpone the elections to 2017, it became apparent that the Independent Electoral Commission IEC would not utilise the money and after consultations with the IEC, the Ministry withdrew 54 Million Maloti which the Commission had indicated it would not use within this financial year.

She added that the understanding is that the IEC will resubmit this amount in its request for the 2017/18 financial year, saying it is mischievous for the IEC to say it will not be able to prepare for local government elections because the Ministry of Finance has withdrawn 54 Million Maloti without consultation.

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