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Sakoane ascends to helm of Judiciary

Ntsoaki Motaung

Pursuant to section 120(1) of the Constitution of Lesotho and acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, His Majesty King Letsie III appointed Justice Sakoane Sakoane, Judge of the High Court, as the new Chief Justice effective immediate.

This then means that the Acting Appointment to the Office of Chief Justice as per Notice. 2018 is repealed, and duly replaced by the new appointment legal document, Legal Notice No.119 of 2020.

Justice Sakoane is appointed to the Office of Chief Justice, in which Justice ‘Maseforo Mahase has been acting in since 2018.

Justice Sakoane Sakoane has been a practicing lawyer in Lesotho for many years and was elevated to the high court bench as acting judge in July 2014.

His appointment as Chief Justice follows that of Justice Nthomeng Majara who was the Lesotho Chief Justice since September 2014, and the first woman to hold the Chief Justice office.

His promotion to the helm means he climbs to a higher pay bracket.

As High Court Judge, he was entitled to an annual salary of M511 968 (or 42 664 monthly). As the highest judicial officer, his salary climbs to an annual salary of M619 788 (or M51 649 monthly) with benefits.

The benefits of Chief Justice include, a rent free government house or M4000 monthly housing allowance; an official government vehicle or car allowance at the rate to determined by the public service minister consulting with the finance minister, in which case he gets to purchase a black Mercedes Benz E350D which shall be fully insured, maintained and fuelled at government expense for the duration of its warranty after which it shall be replaced by the owner. The car shall be privately registered at the cost of the owner but shall retain government registration number plate for security and protocol purposes; he shall also be entitled to a Lexus RX 350EX as a utility vehicle.

He is also entitled to free water, electricity and telephone, a monthly expenses allowance at the rate of M5000, personal staff inclusive of a gardener, chauffeur, executive secretary and house helper. He is also entitled to five days holiday anywhere in Africa at full government expense including full per diem for self and spouse; first class for official travel with 100% per diem.

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