Central Bank boss dies

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MASERU – Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) governor, Moeketsi Senanoana, has died.

Senanoana died at Medi-Clinic in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on Sunday.

A notice on the central bank website said Senanoana was suffering from cancer.

Thato Mohasoa, an information officer at the bank, said the bank was not yet in a position to give full details surrounding Senaoana’s death.

“We are still co-ordinating with his family. We will only give interviews once the communication is over,” Mohasoa said.

A family spokesman said they were not yet ready to talk about the death.

“The family is not ready to comment. Any questions should be directed to his office,” the spokesman said.

A statement on the bank’s website said details about burial arrangements would be released soon.

“The bank has already been in touch with the Senaoana family to condole with them and to establish further details including a way forward regarding the funeral and other arrangements,” said the notice.

“In this regard, these details will be furnished once finality has been reached on them.”

Senaoana was appointed governor of the CBL in 2007 by His Majesty King Letsie III after serving as first deputy governor in 2006.    

Senaoana, who was also a former minister of finance and economic planning, joined the central bank after serving for five years as investment
adviser within the Directorate of Trade, Mining, Industry, Finance and Investment of Sadc in Gaborone, Botswana.

Prior to this he had spent two years as technical adviser at the National Treasury in the Republic of South Africa. 

Between 1982 and 1994 Senaoana worked as a senior lecturer in economics at the National University of Lesotho.

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