DR. MOTEANE MAKES STARTLING REVELATIONS BEFORE AD HOC COMMITTEE
Dr. Mohlalefi Moteane has made startling revelations about him having been issued with the auctioning license by the Ministry of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing even though his company could not fulfill the requirements.
During his second appearance before the Ad hoc committee on on Tuesday, Dr. Moteane told revealed that he had applied for the brokering licenses twice on separate occasions but was turned down for not having met the requirements.
“My application was objected in the first time and second time for not fulfilling the requirements and I accepted it,” he commented.
However, he said to his shock he later received a call from the Ministry of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing inviting him for the interview.
He said at the interview room there were five Cabinet Ministers of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing Mr. Chalane Phori, Development Planning Dr. Tlohelang Aumane, Defence and Public Safety Mr. Tefo Mapesela, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Dr. Nthabiseng Makoae as well as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Mochesetsa Mofomobe.
Dr. Moteane said he was asked genuine questions like what would be his recommendation to the government regarding the new regulations about the wool and mohair but declined to make any.
However, he said he was later called only to be given the auctioneering license and not the brokering license he had applied for.
“I know nothing about auctioning but I was given the auctioning license,” he told the committee.
When member of the committee Mr. Thabang Kholumo asked him why he though was given the license despite not having met the requirements, he said he was not aware adding that he could only speculate.
He went on to say that it could have been that the government released that he was one of the people making a lot of noise about the new regulations on wool and mohair and therefore wanted to silence him, or wanted him to fail so that they could return and mock him for having failed.
In his further revelations, Dr. Moteane cited that there is a smuggling of the wool and mohair where he implicated the police, Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) as well as the South African Immigration.
“There is syndicate on wool and mohair in this country,” he commented.
He insisted that giving him the license was not going to the solution into the the wool and mohair saga, where he said the national outcry for the Legal Notice No. 65 of 2018 to be erased would save the country from further embarrassment and joblessness.
In conclusion he made an earnest appeal to the committee to make sure that the parliament erase the new regulations saying the wool and mohair industry has been on going for more than 100 years and it cannot be changed even a short period of time.
The regulations say for any company to be issued with the trading license should have an operating space of not less than 9 000 square metres, operating facilities among other requirements.
Other than Maseru Dawning which has been given the brokering license, other companies which have been lately issued with licenses are BKB, OVK, Maluti Wool and Mohair and Highlands Veterinary Services owned by Dr. Moteane.