Power to the people!

Power to the people!

MASERU-THE Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) last Thursday launched an ambitious project to electrify nine villages around Phahameng in Quthing district.
Speaking at the launch, Energy Minister Mohapi Mohapinyane said the government was spending about M14.9 thousands per household to supply power.

The entire project costs about M10 million.
He said the villagers’ once-off contribution of M2 000 per household towards the installation of electricity was paltry.
Mohapinyane said the electrification programme is expected to end on January 5 next year.
“We will be back here to (switch on the) light(s) when the project is completed,” he said.

He pleaded with the community to take care of the developments in their community especially on electrical equipment as it costs a lot of money.
“We heard you once chopped the electricity poles in the nearest villages. That must stop,” he said.
He told the gathering that what matters to the government is to deliver services to the entire nation without looking at their political affiliation.
He also told them that 677 families will be electrified by the end of the project in early 2022 adding that they will not discriminate against those who do not have enough money to contribute.

The Quthing MP, Khati Kalake, told the gathering that he had always dreamt of their electrification adding that after the electrification he will be able to walk with his face held high.
“The people used to insult me thinking that I am not doing enough to develop their communities,” Kalake said.

“Nothing hurts like leading people because they never see your efforts,” he said, adding that “patience bears success”.
“I thank God that today we are here launching the project.”
He added that people never focus on the reasons why developments are not happening but focus on attacking their leader.

He said the new administration had bought into his vision of electrifying the villages.
“The past government never implemented that idea,” he said.

Kalake said it is unfortunate that some government officials come up with development programmes in their communities alone and neglect others.
He said he only cares about service delivery.
He urged both the contractor and the community to be responsible while doing the work.

Nkheli Liphoto

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