Poor in­fra­struc­ture riles vil­lagers

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

VIL­LAGERS in the Butha-buthe dis­trict are dis­sat­is­fied with gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to pro­vide ba­sic re­sources such as clean wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and roads, with some say­ing this would push them to vote for the fledg­ling Move­ment for Eco­nomic Change (MEC) party fronted by former Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, Se­libe Mo­choboroane.

Some of the vil­lagers who spoke to the Le­sotho Times on the side­lines of the MEC po­lit­i­cal rally in the dis­trict this week be­moaned the poor state of roads and con­tam­i­nated wa­ter from un­cov­ered wells, adding they hoped for a change of for­tunes in the event of the party win­ning the na­tional elec­tions set for 3 June.

His Majesty King Let­sie dis­solved par­lia­ment and called for elec­tions in the af­ter­math of the down­fall of the Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment which lost a no confidence vote spon­sored by the op­po­si­tion bloc in par­lia­ment. One Ha — Maieane vil­lager, Mabeibi Ra­maqebe said they de­pended on one un­pro­tected well “be­cause there are no taps here”.

“We share the well with an­i­mals,” Ms Ra­maqebe said, adding that on rainy days the wa­ter be- came muddy and un­us­able.

Ms Ra­maqebe said most vil­lagers had to travel long dis­tances to fetch wa­ter. She said as a re­sult of gov­ern­ment’s in­ac­tion, she would vote MEC be­cause its leader had a history of de­liv­ery dur­ing his time in gov­ern­ment.

“So, I want to sup­port him be­cause I be­lieve he will bring ser­vices to us. MEC’S man­i­festo speaks about bring­ing ser­vices to the peo­ple. Mr Mo­choboroane speaks about wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and roads which are our chal­lenges here. Hav­ing seen him de­liver be­fore, I be­lieve that if he be­comes a leader he will ful­fil our needs,” she said.

Fel­low vil­lager, Mamahlo­mola Mole con­curred with Ms Ra­maqebe, adding there was only one com­mu­nal tap which was func­tioned for only two weeks per month.

“We only have one tap we share

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