Govt launches bore­hole drilling drive

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

MAFETENG – Wa­ter Af­fairs Min­is­ter ralechate ‘Mokose yes­ter­day launched a coun­try­wide bore­hole drilling pro­gramme at Amitofo Care Cen­tre (ACC) in Ha Lu­misi, Mafeteng.

The pro­gramme is part of govern­ment’s re­sponse to the el Niño-in­duced drought which left over 450 000 Ba­sotho food-in­se­cure and 260 307 without ac­cess to potable wa­ter.

How­ever, due to the re­cent in­ces­sant rains, the area ear­marked for drilling was muddy and slip­pery thereby pre­vent­ing the drilling ma­chines from car­ry­ing out the ex­er­cise. The drilling process was post­poned un­til the soil is no longer muddy.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, which was also at­tended by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Khotso Let­satsi, Mr ‘Mokose said his min­istry de­cided to start bore­hole drilling pro­gramme at ACC be­cause of the ur­gent need for pota- ble wa­ter at the or­phan­age.

The fa­cil­ity, which was founded and run by Tai­wanese na­tion­als, houses 229 chil­dren.

“I ac­com­pa­nied the Prime Min­is­ter (Pakalitha Mo­sisili) dur­ing his visit to this or­phan­age, and he told me that the teach­ers and man­agers were com­plain­ing about the lack of wa­ter at the cen­tre.

“The PM re­minded me of my re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure every Mosotho has ac­cess to clean wa­ter. Be­cause of the in­struc­tion, I en­sured that we launched the pro­gramme at ACC,”

Mr ‘ Mokose said, adding schools, clin­ics and vil­lages would also ben­e­fit from the project.

For her part, Amitofo Care Cen­tre Man­ager, Wu Yuan Yuan, said she was happy their re­quest for ac­cess to clean wa­ter had fi­nally been an­swered.

“Since 2010, when we first opened our doors to the first child, we have been strug­gling to ac­cess clean wa­ter, but the so­lu­tion is now at hand be­cause Ntate ‘Mokose has agreed to help us solve this prob­lem,” Ms Yuan said.

“We are grate­ful that 229 chil­dren will now have wa­ter to drink and for other health pur­poses so they can grow up to be-

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