Maseru – Commemoration of the International Day which is 9th December, began in Lesotho with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS), Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) and Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) yesterday.
The Director General of the DCEO Mr. Borotho Matsoso speaking at the occasion said that on the account of the cancer of corruption society continues to suffer injustice, inequality, and poor service delivery on critical matters.
“Unless corruption is stopped resolutely, it will continue to impoverish society,” said Matsoso adding that the economy will never grow, political and governance instability becomes the order of the day, and democratic institutions lose effectiveness, collapse and die the natural death.
Speaking at the same occasion the Commissioner of LRA Mr. Thabo Letjama said realising that Lesotho is not immune to corruption and its corrosive effects to economic growth, fairness and justice as the three institutions they are synergising on efforts in the fight against corruption in aoll its forms.
Letjama told the media and other stakeholders that the tripartite MoU was signed to collaborate and jointly fight corruption and in particular;
“Tax evasion, cheating of public revenue and all forms of crimes that has an effect of unduly undermining the government’s ability to provide the direly needed public service”.
He further said that what the three institutions have realised is that an economic crime committed under the laws of any of their agencies, has a way of also being an offence in the laws that the remaining other two agencies are administering.
“For example, people with ill-gotten gains hardly pay their taxes on those, and such committing a crime that is of concern to all of the three agencies.” Said Letjama.
The commemoration of the International Anti-corruption Day will be carried out through a series of activities aiming at disseminating information and awareness on the canerous effects of corruption to everything good that can ever be aimed to achieve as a country until the 9th December, 2015.
Letjama argued that with the education to the society they hope to achieve a state whereby all members of society can join in the fight.
“All we need is for [these] kind of crimes to be reported, and for society to be able to isolate offenders of these crimes in our midst, for such offences hurt every one of us in the end.” He said.