Alliance Insurance, police to  fight congestion

Alliance Insurance, police to fight congestion

MASERU – ALLIANCE Insurance has partnered with the police and the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to help reduce traffic congestion in Maseru and Maputsoe. The partnership comes at a time when congestion has worsened in the two cities, with some commuters and drivers spending hours on the road. The initiative was announced on Monday during the police’s weekly crime reports.

LCCI president, Ntaote Seboka, said they have been talking to stakeholders like Ministries of Small Businesses, Trade, Transport and the Maseru City Council about the need to deal with congestion in Maseru and Maputsoe. Seboka said Alliance offered to support the police’s current efforts to control traffic. The plan is to hire and train 36 scholar patrols.

The patrols are expected to start work on June 18 after a week of training. Seboka also said 130 police officers from Maseru and Maputsoe will take part in the programme. The marketing officer at Alliance Insurance, Liepollo Tsekoa, said the scholar patrols will be unemployed graduates in Maseru and Maputsoe. “This trial is expected to run till the end of the year and should it be a success, it might be extended,” Tsekoa said.

She said the police will confirm that the scholar patrols are not law offenders instead they are people committed to their work and not people who will serve their own interests of searching for loopholes to commit crime. Tsekoa said it should be noted that hiring scholar patrols does not suggest there is shortage of police officers in the country.

She said their aim is to assist police officers so that they can have enough time “to engage in every crime happening, and no longer be stuck in traffic spots”. She said the police have to pay attention to other areas. Senior Assistant Commissioner Mpota Nthako said the intention is to involve the police in reducing traffic congestion and curbing crime.

Mpota said this is a new initiative as there are already villagers’ protection committees who assist police in fighting crime in villages. “For us to succeed, we need to come together and join hands with the public,” he said.

Tokase Mphutlane

 

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