Min­is­ter al­lays wa­ter fears

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders - Keiso Mohloboli

WA­TER Affairs Min­is­ter Ralechate ‘Mokose has promised to pri­ori­tise the con­struc­tion of roads and potable wa­ter for the Motete con­stituency com­mu­nity in Butha-buthe district.

Mr ‘Mokose made the re­mark on Tues­day dur­ing World Wa­ter Day com­mem­o­ra­tions held in Ha-maphale vil­lage in Motete by Trans­for­ma­tion Re­source Cen­tre (TRC).

The min­is­ter was the key­note speaker dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions which were meant to fo­cus at­ten­tion on the im­por­tance of fresh wa­ter and ad­vo­cate for the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of fresh­wa­ter re­sources.

World Wa­ter Day is an an­nual event cel­e­brated glob­ally on 22 March to bring aware­ness to the global wa­ter cri­sis.

He said an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment would be un­der­taken be­fore the end of next month for the con­struc­tion of five vil­lage roads.

“In the 2016/2017 fi­nan­cial year, six vil­lage roads; Kao to Pe­la­neng, ‘Muela to St Alina, ‘Male­filoane to Se­batao­long, ‘Moteng to Hlakacha and Se­batao­long to Ha Sello will be con­structed im­me­di­ately af­ter the as­sess­ment which is ex­pected to com­mence next month,” Mr ‘Mokose said.

The min­istry, he said un­der­took a study at the be­hest of Motete #3 MP Tuma­hole Ler­afa to as­cer­tain the state of wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in the con­stituency.

“Among oth­ers, the find­ings of the study re­vealed that Kao vil­lagers did not have ac­cess to wa­ter and had to walk long dis­tances to fetch the com­mod­ity from neigh­bour­ing vil­lages,” said Mr ‘ Mokose.

“The study also re­vealed that the as­sess­ment and de­sign pro­cesses for in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter taps was still in progress and would soon be com­pleted.

“In Mahleke­fane vil­lage, the study re­vealed that wa­ter taps were avail­able but very old and needed im­me­di­ate up­grad­ing.”

He said the in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter taps in Liqhobong, Motete, Lephatšoana, Pu­lane, Ha Maphale and Ram­pai vil­lages would com­mence af­ter the as­sess­ment and de­sign had been com­pleted.

“More than 400 toi­lets oi­lets have been built in ar­eas where they were ur­gently needed and I prom­ise you that more willill soon be built to com­plete the pro­ject,”ro­ject,” said the min­is­ter, adding that hat bridges would also be built to make it easy for the Motete com­mu­nity mmu­nity to safely cross the Mal­iba-matšo a-matšo and Pe­la­neng rivers.

On his part, TRCRC Democ­racy and Hu­man Rights­ghts Of­fi­cer Tsikoane Peshoane saidaid the civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion’s role was to ad­vo­cate for the rightht to wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.

He said they de­cid­eded to com­mem­o­rate World Waterter Day in Motete so the com­mu­nity’s unity’s con­cerns could be heard by govern­ment of­fi­cials.

“TRC held sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives itia­tives for the Katse Mape­leng, Marak­abei, Tšenekeng and Ke­ta­nee com­mu­ni­ties by ad­vo­cat­ing for the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter and sa­ni­an­i­ta­tion in­fras­truc­turere through World Waterr Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in the vil­lages,” Mr Peshoane said.

WA­TER Affairs Min­is­ter Ralechate ‘Mokose

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