By Thoboloko Ntšonyane

MASERU – ‘Mathabo Makenete has been appointed as the Auditor-General and she brings wealth of experience as a chartered Accountant (CA).

Makenete has held various executive positions in the public institutions such as the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) where she was serving as the second deputy Governor, deputizing the now Minister of Finance and Development Planning Dr. Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane.

Among other roles of the AG, is to offer guidance and expertise to the parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as it carries out its mandate of scrutizing on the use of the public funds in order to ensure accountability and transparency.

Reacting to this development, the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) revealed that LCCI is happy with the appointment of Makenete as the new AG.

“What is comforting is that the government has stuck to its commitment of professionalism, with the filling of these political posts even going through open advertisement as part of the recruitment process. We believe therefore that Makenete outshined the rest of the potential applicants.”

“The government’s parastatals such as the Central Bank of Lesotho are known for relatively higher levels of professionalism and performance drive, and our expectation is that the incoming AG will lend that experience to the public sector, in the office of the AG. Suffice to say we expect timely audits of public sector and as well as the parastatals; we expect audit findings to be closed within the agreed times; we expect the control environment in the broader civil service to improve; we also expect the office of the AG to provide value adding advisory to the broader civil service especially on policy and procedural matters,” concluded LCCI.