Phoofolo strikes back
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By Pulane Chaka
After reports that Advocate Haae Phoofolo, the Attorney General had been fired by Prime Minister, Moeketsi Majoro, Phoofolo has responded in a damning response that only the King is vested with powers to fire him.
Prime Minister Majoro had ordered Phoofolo to take “terminal leave pending the expiry of his contract in February 2021”.
But, in response, Phoofolo has argued that the Prime Minister does not have the authority to remove a sitting Attorney General.
Phofoolo outlined that section 140 subsection 1 of the Constitution of Lesotho reads: “the power to appoint a person to hold or act in the office of Attorney-General shall vest in the King, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister”.
Majoro had instructed Phoofolo to take terminal leave so as to allow him to “start looking for his replacement with the aim of realizing the ambitions of the new government,” and that “the Government anticipated that there would be considerably increased workload resulting from the on-going reforms processes”.
But Phoofolo disagrees and argues that that the termination is due to the Government’s lack of faith that he would be “competent enough to deal with the challenges facing his office”.