Power to the people!

Power to the people!

Staff Reporter

ENERGY Minister Selibe Mochoboroane says his ministry plans to connect 30 000 households, up from last year’s 19 700, to the electricity grid.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Mochoboroane said his ministry will also install an electricity line from Roma to Qacha’s Nek with all villages along the line being connected to electricity.

He added that his ministry will also collect M175.6 million as revenue for the 2016/2017 financial year.

This will be an increment from the M160.8 million the ministry collected last year.

Mochoboroane said in the last financial year’s first three quarters he managed to collect M149.1 million as revenue.

He told Parliament that the increase will be enabled by the additional two lisente charged from the oil levy, the increase in the number of houses he will connect electricity, and the surcharge fee from village electricity schemes.

“These revenues will be directed to the government reserves,” Mochoboroane said.

Peka MP, Tlali Khasu, who is the deputy leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, endorsed Mochoboroane’s call for more funds.

He however said the minister should consider the project of wind electricity generation in the mountainous region.

Khasu said Lesotho has wind in abundance and therefore should leverage on that, especially in the mountains near Kwa-Zulu in South Africa.

The Tele MP, Ndiwuhleli Ndlomose, said it is good that Mochoboroane’s ministry does not only get a lot of money but it is also bringing in a lot more into the government’s coffers.

The MP for Bela-Bela, Litšoane Litšoane, said Mochoboroane was working so hard that he conjured up memories of when they were still ministers together in the past coalition government.

Mochoboroane was then Communications Minister while Litšoane was Agriculture Minister.

He thanked Mochoboroane for connecting some of the Bela-Bela villages to electricity, saying he did not mind who the Bela-Bela MP was as long as he did what he was supposed to do.

Litšoane is an ABC member, a party that consistently clashed with Mochoboroane’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy.

He asked Mochoboroane to do more for the Bela-Bela people.

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