The Lesotho Office of the Auditor General (OAG) celebrated 10 years of working in partnership with its counterparts from Swaziland and Botswana from 5th to 7th September 2013.
The celebration was characterized by tree planting at Thaba Bosiu where 300 trees were planted, an environmental excursion toTsehlanyane National Park and a seminar and cultural dances. Resource people for the seminar were invited from various agencies namely Financial Intelligence Unit, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences.
During the seminar, the Assistant Auditor General, Mrs. Refiloe Thakaso welcomed participants. In her remarks, Mrs. Thakaso asserted that over the last ten years they have enjoyed working together, sharing ideas and experiences and planned together ways to effectively improve their respective Supreme Audit institutions (SAIs).
Ms Moleboheng Matsau from the Financial Intelligence Unit talked about Money Laundering. She indicated the factors that drive economy and how money laundering affects the economy of the country. She urged people to work hard, be responsible and not be tempted by illegal acts like laundering money or however be used unaware.
In the process, Mr. Thabo Tsasanyane from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and culture, focused on waste management.
The other presentation by Mr. Litelu Ramokhoro from the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences Lesotho mainly focused on corruption and the relationship between his office and OAG as one of DIAAL (Directorate on Corruption and Corruption and Economic Offences, Internal Audit, Account General, Auditor General and Lesotho Mounted Police Service) Institutions.
Mr. Ramokhoro asserted that corruption slows economic growth while causing instability in political systems among others. He reminded everyone that corruption is a global concern and that Africa according to researches, is losing billions equivalent to 25 percent of the continent's GDP every year plus more than all development and needed aid to meet the Millennium Development Goals.(MDGs)
Participating SAIs mostly focused on sharing of experiences on a wide range of issues that included fighting corruption, money laundering and poor waste management along with after effects and there were also cultural dances and songs by the SAIs. Lastly, there was an inspirational talk by a motivational speaker, Mr. Ted Msipa who focused on stress Management at the work place.
The presentations were welcomed by all present and finalized the day with cultural dances, after which, they went to dress up for the official gala dinner marking 50 years of existence of OAG.