Three agencies gang up against corruption

Three agencies gang up against corruption

MASERU – THREE law enforcement agencies this week ganged up against corruption.
The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA), the police and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) yesterday launched the UN-International Anti-Corruption Day Build up Activities.

Acting Commissioner General of LRA, Thabo Moleko, said this would be the fourth year that Lesotho will be commemorating the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day.
He said the LRA had joined hands with sister institutions in fighting corruption in Lesotho.
“As the LRA, this comes at a time when we are in the process of sailing new waters and forging new ways of doing things,” Moleko said.
“Our new strategy, Rea Aha, is among others aimed at achieving an improved compliance culture,” he said.

Moleko said they seek to influence the behaviour of the entire nation, through exemplary conduct. He said they were calling upon everyone to shun corruption and show the corrupt people that they are an exception to the well behaved population.
He said the effects of corruption are hazardous to the growth of any nation.

He added that the Executive Director of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said corruption denies people an education, excludes women from life-saving surgery and workers are prevented from working.

“Corruption is a serious stumbling block in achieving the mandate of collecting revenue for the welfare of the citizens of Lesotho and its economic growth,” Moleko said.
“Therefore, they are mindful that generally people are compliant and willing to do the right thing,” he said.

“Ours is to make our processes easy, attractive, social and timely for them to comply and at the same time deter those exceptions who are not willing to comply by applying the letter of the law.”
He said this campaign seeks to maximise voluntary compliance and cultivate a culture of general compliance among the public.
“It is therefore, impossible for organisations facilitating this gathering to drive compliance initiatives which will continue to scale down corruption without strong engagement of the public,” he said.

The Director General of the DCEO, Borotho Matsoso, confirmed their renewed commitment to the collective action of the three law enforcement agencies in calling upon all other stakeholders in the fight against corruption. Matsoso said this collaborative effort has now institutionalized the campaign.

“Many a time Basotho are accused of being capable of producing good ideas but often failing to implement them,” Matsoso said.
He said this year’s theme comes against the background in which the AU declared 2018 under the theme “winning the fight against corruption; a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.
“This clearly makes it quite clear that fighting corruption effectively cannot be the business of one agency or even that of a group of law enforcement agencies alone, but it must essentially be a collective effort of all stakeholders since corruption affects us all in one way or another,” Matsoso said.

Tokase Mphutlane

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