Coun­cil pre­pares for in­de­pen­dence day

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE Maseru City Coun­cil (MCC) has or­ga­nized a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties in the buildup to Le­sotho’s 50year in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary on 4 Oc­to­ber 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to MCC Mayor Masech­aba Mmakong, the ac­tiv­i­ties would be­gin with se­nior cit­i­zens be­ing pro­vided with health ser- vices and good­ies at points where they re­ceive pen­sion pay­ments in Maseru.

The coun­try gained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tish pro­tec­tion on 4 Oc­to­ber 1966.

“From this month to Oc­to­ber and be­yond, MCC of­fi­cials will visit pay points for pen­sion­ers and put up tents to pro­vide health ser­vices to el­derly peo­ple,” Ms Mmakong said while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence this week.

She said the pen­sion­ers would re­ceive health ser­vices such as di­a­betes, blood pres­sure and HIV AIDS tests among oth­ers.

“It is never easy for the el­derly to ac­cess health ser­vices since some of them are un­able to walk long dis­tances and to stand in long lines to get the med­i­cal at­ten­tion they need, hence MCC de­cided to come to them,” said Ms Mmakong.

“Added to that, we will also pro­vide the el­derly peo­ple with good­ies sucg as or­anges and sweets while they are wait­ing for their monthly al­lowances.”

The mayor also touched on the preva­lence of lit­ter in the streets of Maseru, say­ing it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery res­i­dent to keep the

city clean.

Ms Mmakong said the coun­cil was step­ping up ef­forts to clean up the city by re­mov­ing grime along the road­sides, mow­ing grass, re­fur­bish­ing roads and re­pair­ing street­lights.

“We in­tend to in­clude all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in our drive to clean up the city.

“The cam­paign will in­clude schools, ven­dors, taxi driv­ers, fac­tory work­ers and ev­ery mem­ber of so­ci­ety be­cause we be­lieve in­volv­ing them all will help us achieve our goal,” she said.

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