Fraud charges of former Lesotho’s finance minister unveiled

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These are the full details of the charges faced by the former minister of finance Timothy Thahane as designed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Leaba Thetsane KC.

COUNT 1. On or about 6 June 2008 and at Maseru the accused wrongly, unlawfully and with the intention to defraud, held out and pretended to Standard Bank that the block farming policy would henceforth also be applicable to vegetable farmers., in that such application had the endorsement of the Prime Minister of Lesotho (then Pakalitha Mosisili) and also that he would seek the endorsement therefore by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Lesotho (then Ramootsi Lehata) thereby causing Standard Bank to the prejudice of Standard Bank and the Government to pay out sums totaling M18 092 587.05 in respect of vegetables farmers whereas in truth and in fact the Accused knew when making such representations that the Prime Minister had not endorsed the extension of the block farming policy in this manner and also that he had no intention of seeking the endorsement therefore by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.

COUNT 2. On the dates et out hereunder and at Maseru the Accused, wrongly, unlawfully and with intention to defraud, held out and pretended to Standard Bank that the amounts set out hereunder were due and payable by Standard Bank to Matete Construction in respect of a storage shed built by the said Matete Construction for the benefit of Temo-‘Moho and pursuant to the block farming policy, thereby inducing the said Standard Bank and the Government to pay the said amounts to Matete Construction whereas in truth and in fact, and to the knowledge of the Accused, such amounts were not due and payable to Matete Construction by Standard Bank in that Omnia had agreed with Temo –‘Moho to pay such amounts to Temo-‘Moho in order for the latter to in turn pay them over to Matete Construction.

15/12/2010 Matete Construction   M188 990.34

25/03/2011 Matete Construction   M87 400.00

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