Welcoming The New Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman welcomed the new Ombudsman on the 02nd February, 2015. Advocate Leshele Abel Thoahlane KC was appointed to the position of the Ombudsman of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 26th January 2015 and reported to work on Monday, 2nd February 2015.The Ombudsman met the staff of the Office for purposes of introductions whereat the Ombudsman briefly told the staff about the road he has travelled and what his expectations from them would be.

Adv. Leshele Thoahlane KC said he started to work as a civil servant in 1965 at a Post Office. In 1967 he worked at a Treasury and then in 1970 went to Nairobi where he worked as a Third Secretary. He came back in 1975 and worked at Lesotho Labour Representative Office. In 1977 went to study for Diploma in Labour Studies at the Ruskin College England and an Honours Degree in Law at the Cardiff College, Wales. He came back in 1981 and worked at the Ministry of Labour. In 1985 and 1987 he was appointed Lesotho’s Ambassador to Brussels Belgium and Washington U.S.A respectively. He then came back and became a Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Finance. In 1993 he went to work in Harare Zimbabwe at the World Bank. In 1994 he became an Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) until 1999. In 2000 – 2008 he was the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and as a Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO), 2009-2014.

Adv. Thoahlane KC pleaded with staff that they should work together with love patience and tolerance and even if there could be any misunderstandings along the way they should know that they are here to work for the Basotho Nation who comes to the Ombudsman office irrespective of political affiliation.

He further urged them to always remember that they have sworn to work truthfully, patiently, respectfully and with love in an effort to provide an outstanding service to the Basotho Nation at large.

He concluded by saying that a schedule will be made for meetings with different sections so that he can learn more about their work and pleaded with all the staff to offer warm and respectful reception to their clients.