The Chairperson of the National Reforms Authority (NRA), Mr. Pelele Letsoela on Wednesday announced Advocate Mafiroane Motanyane as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NRA.

Mr. Letsoela was speaking at the press conference intended to brief the media and public about the outcome of the  recruitment and appointment of the CEO of NRA, saying unconventional interviews which were live broadcasted on both state television and radio were held on September 14 while conventional interviews were held on September 15, 2020.

The Chairperson added that following the two interview sessions, Adv. Motanyane was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of NRA, saying the next move will be to appoint the deputy of the CEO which he said will not take long before done.

He further said NRA committee worked hard to ensure transparency in the appointment of the NRA Chief Executive Officer, as the unconventional interview were made public as were broadcasted live on both the national television and radio.

Again, Mr. Letsoela mentioned that the recruitment and appointment of the CEO was the second phase of NRA that the country implemented as phase I was the election of the NRA committee which commenced with duties in February this year, saying it took NRA committee seven months to finally appoint the CEO of the NRA.

According to the Chairperson, 36 candidates applied for the advertised position and only five were short listed namely; Mr. Koenene Lekhanya, Mr. Tŝiu Khathibe, Advocate Mafiroane Motanyane, Advocate Selebalo Ntepe and Mrs. Mawinnie Kanetse.

Meanwhile, Mr. Letsoela refuted allegations of external influence during the CEO recruitment and appointment process, saying NRA is an independent body that makes decisions without external influence.

Also speaking, Mr. Motsamai Nyareli told the media that selection of the deputy CEO will not be done from the previous finalist contestants, saying applicants will also be shortlisted for interviews.

The National Reforms Authority committee was elected in February this year with the mandate to lead the process of Lesotho National Reforms after the Senate passed the Lesotho National Reform Bill. The Bill aims to promote stability, unity and reconciliation in the country.

By Staff Reporter: Noliwe Velaphe

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