Maseru, Mar. 09 — The Government of Lesotho is currently processing salaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs temporary staff and will make them available when it is complete.
This was revealed by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Employment, Mr. Richard Ramoeletsi when speaking in an interview with the Agency.
He indicated that the government could not process the salaries in expected time due to the fact that there were no funds as the temporary staff were advised to terminate their employment in December 2022.
He noted that their failure to terminate their employment has led to delay as there was no budget for their salaries from February. He further added that the government expects all 4000 temporary staff from the Ministry of Home Affairs to only proceed serving the government until the end of April.
The Minister highlighted that from then, the government will follow proper procedure of advertising available posts and then grant the positions to those who qualify and succeed in order to ensure that they are added to the government establishment list to avoid any inconveniences.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has since 2013 when Identity Cards (IDs) were first introduced engaged temporary staff to ensure that they meet the demand.
The staff continued to work under similar conditions as most of the time their salaries were delayed due to various reasons which were provided by the government.
Currently Lesotho is faced with a huge task of issuing more IDs as most of the IDs which were first issued in 2013 are about to expire.
The Ministry of Home Affairs temporary staff is at moment engaging in go slow and therefore delaying the production of IDs and therefore hindering most people, especially first applicants to get their IDs.