Mys­tery sur­rounds LRA boss’ exit

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

LAST week’s res­ig­na­tion of Le­sotho Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (LRA) Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Thabo Let­jama is shrouded in mys­tery amid re­ports he could have clashed with his su­pe­ri­ors in gov­ern­ment.

Mr Let­jama called it quits last Fri­day, barely two months af­ter his con­tract was re­newed in Septem­ber. The Le­sotho Times un­der­stands the LRA boss ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion af­ter land­ing a lu­cra­tive po­si­tion at the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) where he would be based in Mau­ri­tius.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, Mr Let­jama was un­der pres­sure to ful­fil the dic­tates of some se­nior of­fi­cials “be­yond his man­date as LRA com­mis­sioner gen­eral”.

Re­peated at­tempts to get a com­ment from Mr Let­jama proved un­suc­cess­ful last night as he was not an­swer­ing his mo­bile phone. Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, Mr Let­jama’s boss, Fi­nance Min­is­ter ‘Mam­phono Khaketla said she was shocked to learn of the LRA chief’s res­ig­na­tion.

Dr Khaketla, how­ever, de­nied al­le­ga­tions that re­la­tions be­tween her and Mr Let­jama were strained, say­ing she never med­dled in the work of the LRA com­mis­sioner gen­eral.

“If he is go­ing to the IMF as you claim, these al­le­ga­tions that our re­la­tions had soured will soon be dis­pelled since he would now be work­ing closely with my min­istry. How­ever, I should re­peat that there is no ten­sion be­tween us what­so­ever, and I was sur­prised to be served with his res­ig­na­tion let­ter,” said Dr Khaketla.

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