New LRA boss ap­pointed

Lesotho Times - - Business - Bereng Mpaki

LE­SOTHO Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (LRA) has ap­pointed Thabo Khasipe as the new com­mis­sioner-gen­eral in a move that brings to an end a year-long hunt for a suit­able can­di­date.

The po­si­tion fell va­cant af­ter for­mer boss Thabo Let­jama’s res­ig­na­tion last Novem­ber af­ter six years at the helm.

Ad­vo­cate Reale­boha Mathaba held fort while the search went on for a can­di­date to fill the po­si­tion on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Mr Khasipe is a Char­tered Fi­nan­cial An­a­lyst (CFA) who pre­vi­ously worked for the LRA as Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral from 2004 to 2007 be­fore be­ing ap­pointed Le­sotho’s am­bas­sador to Kuwait.

His ap­point­ment to the LRA’S top post was con­firmed last night to Le­sotho Times by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tlo­hang Sekhamane.

“Mr Khasipe has been ap­pointed as the new Com­mis­sioner-gen­eral of the Le­sotho Rev­enue Au­thor­ity,” Mr Sekhamane said.

The Fi­nance Min­is­ter, who ac­cord­ing to the Le­sotho Rev­enue Au­thor­ity Act of 2001, ap­proves the ap­point­ment of the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral, said Mr Khasipe’s out­stand­ing track record along with his ex­pe­ri­ence of serv­ing as Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral at LRA were some of the fac­tors that in­flu­enced his ap­point­ment.

“He is an ex­celling in­di­vid­ual whose track record speaks for it­self. That along with his ex­pe­ri­ence of serv­ing in a top post within the LRA and also serv­ing as an am­bas­sador are some of the fac­tors that put him in a bet­ter po­si­tion than the other can­di­dates.

“We also ex­pect him to find new av­enues through which rev­enue col­lec­tion can be en­hanced in or­der to en­large the cur­rent tax pool while also tak­ing care not to frus­trate the de­vel­op­ment of small busi­ness en­ter­prises as they have the po­ten­tial to pay big­ger taxes in fu­ture,” Mr Sekhamane said.

Rev­enue col­lec­tion is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing an im­por­tant task for the govern­ment es­pe­cially now that its share from the South­ern African Cus­toms Union (SACU) rev­enue pool is steadily de­clin­ing.

Mr Sekhamane also said Mr Khasipe was ex­pected to ad­dress the chal­lenge of tax eva­sion.

While he could not im­me­di­ately con­firm the ex­act du­ra­tion of the ap­point­ment, the LRA Act states that the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral holds of­fice for a pe­riod of three years and shall be el­i­gi­ble for re-ap­point­ment at the dis­cre­tion of the Min­is­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to his Linkedin pro­file, Mr Khasipe ob­tained a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Eco­nom­ics at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Le­sotho in 1994 be­fore en­rolling at the Uni­ver­sity of Nairobi obi (Kenya) where he grad­u­ated with a Mas­ter’ser’s de­gree in Econo­met­rics and Quan­ti­ta­tiveve Eco­nom­ics in 1998.

He also ob­tained a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion stra­tion (MBA), Busi­ness/com­merce, Gen­eral ral de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of the Or­ange nge Free State (South Africa) in 2008.

He served as LRA’S Deputy Com­mis­sioner ioner Gen­eral Le­sotho Rev­enu­enue Au­thor­ity from 2004 to 2007 be­fore join­ing ng Stan­lib Le­sotho as Gen­eral Man­ager from 2007 to 2008.

He was the coun­try’s am­bas­sador to Kuwait ait from 2008 to 2014 be­fore join­ing Dav­cap Cap as Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor from 2014 to 2015.

His s last ap­point­ment t was to the post of Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive utive Sec­re­tary at South­ern African an Cus­toms Union n in Namibia.

newly ap­pointed LRA com­mis­sioner-gen­eral Thabo Khasipe.

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