The four sus­pended LRA man­agers’ let­ter to the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the DCEO Ad­vo­cate Borotho Mat­soso

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Dear Adv Mat­soso

Re­fer­ral for In­ves­ti­ga­tion of Se­ri­ous Fi­nan­cial Im­pro­pri­ety Al­le­ga­tions Lev­elled Against the Four LRA Se­nior Man­agers

We, the un­der­signed, hereby sub­mit our­selves to your or­gan­i­sa­tion for due in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial im­pro­pri­ety al­le­ga­tions made against us by the LRA Staff Union (LERASU) and for which it would ap­pear the LRA Board has de­cided to sus­pend us from duty pend­ing a foren­sic au­dit.

Whilst our sus­pen­sion let­ters gen­er­ally and vaguely only state that the LRA Board has de­cided to sus­pend us on ac­count of al­le­ga­tions made against us by LERASU, the Le­sotho Times of March 8 - 16, 2018, Vol 10 Is­sue 49, quot­ing from the LRA’S Press State­ment, pro­vided some de­tail that “the sus­pen­sions fol­low al­le­ga­tions of fi­nan­cial and gov­er­nance im­pro­pri­ety made to the pre­vi­ous board by the LERASU in March 2017.”

More de­tail was fur­ther pro­vided in the Le­sotho

Times of March 15 - 21, 2018, Vol 10 Is­sue 50 where the news­pa­per, on a head­ing ti­tled, “Why LRA man­agers were sus­pended”, quotes some LERASU of­fi­cials as al­legedly hav­ing said, “We were not happy that there is a M50 mil­lion LRA ac­count that has never been de­clared to au­dit­ing firms and the fact that the man­agers were us­ing LRA funds for per­sonal en­rich­ment.”

We con­sider the al­le­ga­tion se­ri­ous enough to merit your at­ten­tion as a statu­tory body es­tab­lished with the spe­cific man­date “to re­ceive and in­ves­ti­gate any com­plaints al­leg­ing cor­rup­tion in any pub­lic body .... ”, amongst other func­tions, in terms of sec­tion 6(a) of the Act un­der which your or­gan­i­sa­tion has been cre­ated.

The LRA is in­deed a pub­lic body in which al­le­ga­tions or com­plaints of cor­rup­tion fall in your or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ju­ris­dic­tion to in­ves­ti­gate. We must clar­ify that, when the al­le­ga­tions first emerged some­time in March 2017 or there­abouts, they were made against the mem­bers of the then ex­ec­u­tive Man­age­ment col­lec­tively, ex­clud­ing Mr Mout­loatsi Dich­aba who was and is still not a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive Man­age­ment.

The said mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive Man­age­ment ad­vised the Board to re­fer the al­le­ga­tions to rel­e­vant law en­force­ment agen­cies, sin­gling out your or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice in view of their se­ri­ous­ness.

With the said al­le­ga­tions hav­ing been re­sus­ci­tated by the new Board and taken up in­ter­nally with a view for due dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, we con­sider that, hav­ing been placed in the pub­lic do­main by the Board, it is be­fit­ting that the law en­force­ment agen­cies like the DCEO should in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions and seek to re­store the pub­lic con­fi­dence in the LRA, whose im­age must nec­es­sar­ily have been crit­i­cally im­paired as a re­sult of those al­le­ga­tions.

Whilst it is within our per­sonal rights to fight the said al­le­ga­tions with ev­ery fi­bre of our be­ing, which al­le­ga­tions we con­sider to be lu­di­crous and un­founded in the ex­treme, we have de­cided to sub­mit our­selves to the best in­ter­ests of the LRA as a vi­tal pub­lic body and to re­fer the al­le­ga­tion to your or­gan­i­sa­tion for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion on be­half of the pub­lic.

We com­mit to co­op­er­at­ing fully with your in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to ren­der as much as­sis­tance as it may be re­quired of us.

We are aware that our col­league, Adv Reale­boha Mathaba, who has been sus­pended along with us, has writ­ten to you, broadly mak­ing a sim­i­lar re­quest for your or­gan­i­sa­tion to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions made against him.

We trust that you will find this re­fer­ral in or­der and de­serv­ing of your or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ur­gent at­ten­tion. We thank you.

Yours faith­fully

1. Seth P Macheli (Dr) 2. Mout­loatsi Dich­aba (Mr) 3. Idia Pe­nane (Ms) 4. Man­gan­gole Tsikinyane (Mr)

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