All is well

All is well

MASERU – THE Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation has allayed fears that next year’s 2020 AUSC Region 5 Youth Games in Maseru may be in danger.

Earlier this week, the Director of Procurement in the Ministry of Finance, Likotsi Leseli, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the Ministry of Finance has no money for the Maseru 2020 games and that a proper procurement and feasibility study was not done for the games.

Leseli said there was interference and non-compliance in the government.
He said the interference came from ministers and some decisions came finalised from cabinet without the ministries concerned. The revelation came just days after the minister of Sports Dr. Mahali Phamotse officially launched the Maseru 2020 games last Friday.
However, according to the sports ministry’s chief information officer, Maqalika Matsepe, next year’s showpiece is in no danger.

Speaking to thepost on Wednesday, Matsepe revealed that the Minister of Finance, Dr. Moeketsi Majoro, would sign all the paperwork that is needed for the games to continue after a presentation was made to him on Wednesday.

The presentation was headed by minister Phamotse.
Matsepe said issues raised at the PAC will not affect the hosting of AUSC Region 5 Youth Games in Lesotho.
He said Leseli’s points were mainly about the infrastructure for the games being built in Lepereng and Matsepe insisted the construction for the proposed grounds will go on as planned.

“I think it is too early to say the games will not continue, we were in parliament today (Wednesday) about the same thing, the minister was there doing her presentation as she was scheduled to be there. It wasn’t happening because of what was said in the PAC,” Matsepe said.
“The minister of finance was in agreement and said he will sign all that is needed for the games (to continue). There was a gap in communication between us the ministry of finance and we were surprised when they came with a legal opinion but the minister made her presentations in parliament,” Matsepe explained.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Phamotse announced that the parliament had approved a budget of M30 million for the games which the ministry of sports had asked for.
The money will be used for all Maseru 2020 preparations and the games village at the National University of Lesotho (NUL), for example, has already been built and will serve as residence for students after the games.

Two grounds in Lepereng are yet to be built, . In August the Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, inaugurated the construction of a new stadium and indoor sports arena in Lepereng which will cost an estimated M2 billion.
The Prime Minister said when complete, the stadium would comprise a seating capacity of 40,000 with an athletics track surrounding the playing field.

The indoor sports arena, meanwhile, will accommodate 3000 spectators and cater for different indoor sports such as basketball, netball and volleyball.
The construction will generate both temporary and permanent job opportunities for Basotho youth and the facilities are expected to remain as landmarks for future generations as well.

Tlalane Phahla & Nkheli Liphoto


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