Queen joins anti-lit­ter cam­paign

Lesotho Times - - News - Li­jeng Ranooe

QUEEN ‘ Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso has called for a clean en­vi­ron­ment to main­tain the coun­try as an at­trac­tive tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Her Majesty made the re­marks while ad­dress­ing the vol­un­teers at the launch of a clean­ing cam­paign or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture in Ha- Tikoe in Maseru this week.

She ex­pressed con­cern over the gen­eral pol­lu­tion in most com­mu­ni­ties, adding Ba­sotho needed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and do their part to make the coun­try cleaner.

“Lesotho is known as a warm, lov­ing and hos­pitable na­tion of peo­ple and we are known the world over for the beauty of our en­vi­ron­ment,” Her Majesty said.

“What mes­sage are we send­ing to tourists that visit our coun­try if we lit­ter and do not take a sense of pride and ac­count­abil­ity in keep­ing our en­vi­ron­ment clean?

“We need to think of the next gen­er­a­tion and set an ex­am­ple for them. I want our chil­dren to grow up in a beau­ti­ful and clean coun­try. I’m deeply con­cerned and un­set­tled by the lit­ter­ing and un­clean­li­ness

that I of­ten see around the coun­try.

“It is ev­ery ci­ti­zen’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep the en­vi­ron­ment clean. We need to ed­u­cate and guide those in our com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies in de­vel­op­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly habits. We need to work to­gether in this be­cause Lesotho is our home and coun­try.”

Tourism Min­is­ter, Mamot­sie Motsi, echoed Her Majesty’s sen­ti­ments, say­ing, “Keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean means mak­ing Lesotho a more re­spectable, at­trac­tive and wel­com­ing tourist at­trac­tion”.

Tourism is the back­bone of this coun­try’s econ­omy and plays a big part in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment for our youth. Our de­sire as a min­istry is to as­sist in end­ing poverty

“We are hav­ing a clean­ing cam­paign be­cause we have no­ticed that waste is in ar­eas where it is not meant to be. We want to en­cour­age Ba­sotho to do their part in keep­ing Lesotho a clean and safe place. We need to make our tourists more in­clined to visit,” Ms Motsi said.

She also en­cour­aged lo­cal schools and var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions in com­mu­ni­ties through­out Lesotho to ded­i­cate their time and re­sources to hold­ing monthly clean­ing days as well as teach­ing chil­dren to take pride in their coun­try.

Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso.

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