Majoro urgently acts on solar project headache

Staff Reporter

Maseru – Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro has moved to stop the possible seizure of the country’s assets after a fallout with a Germany company in a solar project. The government yesterday filed and application for stay of execution in the High Court of South Africa, according to a statement issued by Majoro’s office yesterday.

“. . . this filing should halt any further action by Frazer Solar GMBH until the courts have dealt with the application for stay,” Majoro said.

Majoro’s office could not disclose further details, stating doing so would expose the Government of Lesotho’s legal strategies.

“Because of the sensitive nature of this case, Government has been sparse in providing detailed information so as to avoid exposing its defence strategies. As the case goes public, more detailed information will be provided,” the statement added. 

Lesotho appointed four law firms in South Africa to work collectively to formulate an application for stay of execution at the same High Court in South Africa that turned the arbitral award into an order of court. 

In this legal bid to protect the country’s assets, Majoro’s government has also received support from the Africa Legal Support Facility of the African Development Bank, which deployed a team of legal experts which has been offering assistance since then. 

The government has also established a Commission of Inquiry to help Basotho understand what transpired up to the point an order to seize Lesotho’s assets was issued in South Africa. 

It is hoped that this Commission will resume its sitting next week and it should complete its findings within a period of one month.

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