MASERU — Thabo Michael Letjama was this week confirmed as the new commissioner general of the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA).
Letjama, 33, takes over from Dr Charles Jenkins who retired in March.
He becomes the first Mosotho to hold the top post.
Finance Minister Timothy Thahane told a press conference on Thursday that cabinet had approved Letjama’s appointment following recommendation by the LRA board.
“The government believes that every Mosotho should be given an opportunity regardless of his or her political affiliation to prove themselves,” Thahane said.
“Letjama had already been acting for six months after Dr Jenkins left.
“He has vast experience working in different departments of the LRA.”
Letjama said he was committed to running a transparent, efficient and professional LRA.
“While there are challenges facing the LRA in terms of collection of taxes, I believe we will rise up to the challenge and serve Basotho with commitment, transparency and professionalism,” Letjama said.
“We will go a step further to meet our tax-payers half-way to enable them to afford payment of their taxes in time.”
The chairman of the LRA board, Thabo Makeka, said they were happy that the government had approved Letjama’s appointment.
Letjama was appointed on a three-year contract starting from September 1.
Letjama is a chartered accountant with the Lesotho Institute of Accountants.
He is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration.