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PAC pursues FIU officials for graft

MATHATISI SEBUSI

MASERU – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued summons for senior members of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to answer allegations of financial mismanagement in the unit.

The three officials also have to present before the committee documents relating to the alleged offence; this following allegations that the staffers have been facilitating the payment of service gratuities to the unit’s employees without following gratuity policies.

FIU Director, Palesa Khabele, Administration and Finance Officer Itumeleng Monyau and Administration Officer, Thikoane Molapo, were last week Thursday ordered to present the said documents before the committee and address allegations of financial misappropriation – they failed to show up.

PAC Chairperson, Teboha Sekata, noted that guided by parliament’s Standing Order No 89 (2) the committee has been forced to issue the summons to compel to present themselves before the committee.

He said they have also learned that the officials failed to show up because they have since approached the courts of law to restrict the PAC from summoning them.

Standing Order No 89 (2) reads: “When a committee which has power to send for persons, papers and records, resolves that a person be summoned to give evidence before them on oath, the Clerk to the committee shall send  to such  person a summons to attend the committee on the day named in the summons which shall not be earlier than six clear days after the day on which the summons is dispatched.”

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