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LRA has delivered on its mandate: Ketso

MASERU — The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) has delivered on its mandate to collect revenue for the government over the past 10 years. This was said by the minister of Finance, Leketekete Ketso, at a gala dinner hosted by LRA at Maseru Sun Cabanas on Friday evening to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The minister commended the authority for commitment and dedication to serve Basotho and urged the employees to continue collecting revenue for the government to help implement development programmes. “When LRA was formed there was no taxpayer compliance as most people did not file their returns but since the inception of the authority, the revenue net improved,” he said.

Ketso encouraged the authority to improve reforms aimed towards promotion of taxpayer compliance, to fight corruption and tax evasion without fear in order to build a better Lesotho. He advised people to pay their fair share of taxes and contribute towards the development of the country. LRA Commissioner General Thabo Letjama said despite challenges LRA managed to exceed targets and has worked hard to collect M58 billion of revenue for the government over the past ten years.

Letjama thanked the government, stakeholders and development partners for their continued support to make LRA mandate achievable through a number of reforms aimed at building taxpayer compliance and enhancing the economic growth of the country. The ceremony was graced by the presence of cabinet ministers, Principal Chief of Matsieng, Lesotho´s development partners, former LRA Commissioners, Commissioner Generals from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi and Swaziland as well as the business community.
— Lena

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