Maseru -The minister of finance Dr Moeketsi Majoro has called upon society to take arms against corruption, describing it as a crisis against humanity. Majoro said this yesterday during the opening ceremony of the national symposium aimed at strengthening public awareness on corruption related issues. The seminar was also held to look into the negative effects corruption has on society.
The minister applauded the three national law enforcement agencies that include the police, Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) for organising the event as a build-up activity towards the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day. The International Anti-Corruption Day will be commemorated on Friday and the Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane is expected to deliver a national statement on corruption.
Majoro said corruption stands in the progress path of human development hence the need for all to join the fight against it for sustainable development in all areas. LRA Commissioner General Thabo Khasipe said corruption has won the minds and hearts of Basotho, adding that there is a need to find ways of winning back their hearts and minds to achieve the war against the epidemic.
“'We need to focus on changing the behaviour of the society concerning corruption in the country,” Khasipe said. The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9 since the passage of the United Nations Convention against corruption on October 31 in 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption which is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies.
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