The four suspended LRA managers’ letter to the Director General of the DCEO Advocate Borotho Matsoso
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.
1. Seth P Macheli (Dr) 2. Moutloatsi Dichaba (Mr) 3. Idia Penane (Ms) 4. Mangangole Tsikinyane (Mr)