Maseru – Former National Security Services NSS Director General Colonel Tumo Lekhooa has filed an urgent application in the High Court challenging termination of his appointment on secondment.
Respondents in his application are the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and National Security, the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs and the Attorney General respectively.
According to his notice of motion, Colonel Lekhooa wants the court to ask the respondents to show cause if any; why the purported termination of his appointment as NSS Director General on secondment shall not be declared unconstitutional, null and void and of no force or effect.
Colonel Lekhooa also wants the respondents to state reasons why termination of his employment shall not be reviewed and set aside and also why it cannot be declared by the court that he is entitled to his emoluments and benefits for the unexpired period of his secondment as NSS Director General calculated from July 10, 2017.
Meanwhile, part of Colonel Lekhooa’s founding affidavit explains that he was promoted to the rank of Colonel by the Lesotho Defence Force on September 16, 2016 the same day he was made NSS Director General by secondment and that his appointment was to be for a period of three years.
Colonel Lekhooa explains that he was however served with a letter written by the Prime Minister on July 10, 2017 which purports to terminate his appointment on secondment as NSS Director General and that he has since been legally advised that such purported termination is unconstitutional, unlawful, and null and void.