Elec­tric­ity dream a re­al­ity in Ma­site

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis - Lim­pho Sello

VIL­LAGERS in Ma­site Nek and sur­round­ing vil­lages in the Rothe Con­stituency are over the moon af­ter they were fi­nally con­nected to elec­tric­ity.

The de­vel­op­ment came five years af­ter they grouped to­gether to form a scheme to fa­cil­i­tate the con­nec­tion of elec­tric­ity to their houses.

That dream fi­nally came to fruition yes­ter­day when the Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy Mr Se­libe Mo­choboroane un­veiled the power con­nec­tion in the Ma­site Nek area.

In his re­marks at the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony Mr Se­libe Mo­choboroane said he was over­joyed by the com­ple­tion of phase 2 of the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project.

He said due to the glow­ing lights in the dark, the vil­lages could now be mis­taken for Maseru by night time trav­el­ers on their way to Maseru from Mafeteng.

“When you pass Rothe dur­ing the night the beauty is so amaz­ing one would mis­take it for the city. That is what we wish for in other vil­lages and there­fore prepa­ra­tions have started for the phase three project which should be com­pleted in 14 weeks,” Mr Mo­choboroane said.

“Phase three of the project will sup­ply power to More­neng Rothe, Ha-rik­abe, Ha-tšukulu vil­lages among oth­ers. The project will cost M4 664 685.63.”

He said while the project was ear­marked for com­ple­tion on 28 De­cem­ber, he wanted it com­pleted ear­lier by 25 De­cem­ber to en­able vil­lagers to have power on Christ­mas Day.

“I want them to have elec­tric­ity as a Christ­mas gift just as I had asked the con­trac­tor of the phase two project to com­plete it be­fore in­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions so that the vil­lagers would re­ceive their in­de­pen­dence gift on time.”

“To­day we give you an in­de­pen­dence gift and I want you to be proud that you now have elec­tric­ity in your homes as the coun­try cel­e­brates 50 years of in­de­pen­dence.”

Mean­while, Mr Mo­choboroane do­nated four desk­top com­put­ers to Thuto Ke Le­seli Pri­mary School to en­sure the learn­ers quickly adapt to tech­nol­ogy.

“We want them to be tech­nologi- cally ad­vanced so that they grow up as fast learn­ers,” he said.

Com­mu­nity and school board mem­ber Ms Makhethang Let­sika ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Min­is­ter Mo­choboroane and ev­ery­one who had worked to bring power to the vil­lages.

“Stars have fallen in our area be­cause of you Ntate Mo­choboroane. We ap­pre­ci­ate what you have done for us and I am short of words as we never thought that one day the poles would be bring­ing elec­tric­ity to our vil­lages,” Ms Let­sika said.

Pub­lic Works and trans­port Deputy Min­is­ter Mokhele Mo­let­sane joins the thuto Ke le­seli school Choir in song and dance.

en­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy Min­is­ter se­libe Mo­choboroane (left) presents four desk­top com­put­ers to thuto Ke le­seli Pri­mary school learn­ers yes­ter­day.

rothe Con­stituency MP 'Man­thabiseng Phohleli hands over a present to en­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy Min­is­ter se­libe Mo­choboroane.

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