Former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), Mr. Mothetjoa Metsing filed an urgent application at the High Court suing the government over the benefits he claims he is entitled to.
According to Mr. Metsing’s notice of motion before the court, he wants the court to ask the respondents (Minister of Public Service, Minister of Finance, Government Secretary and the Attorney General) and or their subordinates to show cause if any, why they should not be restrained and interdicted for withdrawing his benefits as a former DPM.
Mr. Metsing currently has a chauffeur-driven government vehicle, fuel benefits, and a bodyguard assigned to him as provided for in terms of Section 8 of Act 10 of 2011 pending finalization of this application.
Mr. Metsing also wants the respondents to state reasons why the government claims he does not qualify for the benefits conferred in terms of Section 3 (1) (b) and Section 8 of Act 10 of 2011 which caters for a former Prime Minister/DPM (retirement and spouses benefits) – Legal Notice 121 of 2016.
The former DPM’s notice also wants the respondents to say why they shall not pay his monthly pension to him as from July 2017, in terms of Section 3 (1) (b) of Act 2011.
Mr. Metsing is being represented by Advocate Motiea Teele KC.