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Breach of trust and accountability


Editorial Comment

The revelations emanating from the dissolved National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) have sent shockwaves through our collective consciousness.

The alleged actions of Reatile Elias, the former Human Resource Manager, serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for transparency and oversight within our public institutions.

The audacious nature of the purported salary increase, allegedly orchestrated by Elias, is deeply concerning. To think that an individual in a position of significant responsibility may have taken advantage of their authority to augment their own salary without due authorisation is not only disheartening but a profound breach of trust.

As much as NACOSEC has been disbanded, this incident has far-reaching implications for the broader public service.

It underlines the necessity for robust accountability mechanisms and vigilant oversight, particularly within institutions tasked with managing critical national responses to crises.

The swift response by the then Chief Executive Officer, ‘Malitaba Litaba, in suspending Elias, is commendable and probably a testament to Litaba’s personal commitment to upholding accountability.

It is imperative that this matter be subjected to thorough investigation, and that appropriate measures are taken to ensure that such a breach of trust does not occur again.

Yet, this incident goes beyond the actions of one individual. It brings to the fore broader issues highlighted in the Auditor General’s report regarding the establishment of NACOSEC.

Compliance with existing legal frameworks, transparent processes, and ethical procedures are the linchpins of effective governance, particularly in times of crisis.

The findings of the report regarding staff deployment, employment contracts, and financial disbursements must be addressed with urgency. Clearly defined procedures, especially in critical areas such as pandemic response, are imperative to ensure that resources are allocated efficiently, equitably, and in a manner that safeguards public trust.

The lack of adherence to established policies, as outlined in the Auditor General’s report, is not only a procedural concern but raises fundamental questions about financial stewardship and the responsible use of public resources.

Contract appointments and honoraria exceeding government policy guidelines are matters that warrant thorough scrutiny and corrective action.

In light of these revelations, we call upon the relevant authorities to initiate a comprehensive review of procedures and oversight mechanisms within public institutions.

Transparent processes, strict adherence to legal frameworks, and unyielding accountability measures must be established, enforced, and continually evaluated to safeguard public trust and ensure responsible governance.

This incident must serve as a catalyst for a renewed commitment to accountability and transparency within our public institutions. Basotho deserve nothing less than the highest standards of integrity from those entrusted with their welfare, especially in times of crisis.

Only through unwavering dedication to these principles can we hope to rebuild and maintain the public’s trust in our institutions.

In closing, it is impossible not to be awed by the profound impact Tello ‘Dallas T’ Leballo has had on Lesotho’s music scene. His story is one of passion, resilience, and an unyielding dedication to the art of sound.

As he participates in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States, we have no doubt that Dallas T will continue to elevate Lesotho’s music scene to even greater heights.

His journey, rooted in Mafeteng, is a source of inspiration for aspiring artists and a source of pride for the entire nation.

Congratulations to Dallas T, a true sonic visionary, for his remarkable contributions to the world of music. May his journey continue to inspire and resonate with generations to come.

From Mafeteng with love, Dallas T’s legacy will forever be etched in the annals of Lesotho’s rich musical history.

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