Council says M90 million not enough

Council says M90 million not enough

MASERU – THE Maseru City Council (MCC) says the M90 million it has budgeted for the next financial year is barely enough for the huge projects it wants to implement. Town Clerk ’Mantai Phaila told parliament’s portfolio committee on Prime Minister’s Ministries on Tuesday that although the M90 million figure might look huge the council will still operate on a shoestring.

Phaila said the council plans to construct more roads and improve its waste management system. The two main projects, she said, were the construction the Tšosane-Sekamaneng Road and management of the Tšosane landfill.
“We need a lot of money,” Phaila said.

“This money will be used for paying salaries to the workers, for modifying the parks around the town as well as fencing the graveyards,” she said.
She said there is also a plan to install streetlights along the Tšosane – Sekamaneng Road.
The 5km gravel road from Ha-Tšosane to Sekamaneng is only fit for trucks or 4×4 vehicles. For years the council has been using an unsecured site in Ha-Tšosane as a waste disposal site.

The committee however said it was not convinced that the council should be given the money it needs.
The committee said Phaila should come up with a clear amount of money that she thinks the MCC needs for a year.
“MCC is always given money but they do not come up with a good report of how they have used it,” a committee member said.

“So, how will we know how you use the money yet there is no satisfying report on how the MCC is using the money,” said another, adding: “We are very worried about how MCC does things.”
MCC said they have used the money they have collected to pay salaries.

The committee also wanted documents showing how the MCC disposes the old equipment after buying the new one.
“We have noted that we should make a report of how we have used money,” Phaila said.
The committee ordered Phaila to come back in April with more information.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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