TRC ad­vo­cates for ac­cess to wa­ter

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Le­tuka Chafotsa Mohale’s Hoek

THE Trans­for­ma­tion Re­source Cen­tre ( TRC) held World Wa­ter Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba vil­lages in Ke­tane Con­stituency to bring at­ten­tion to the wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion needs of the ar­eas.

The com­mem­o­ra­tions, which were held on Fri­day, have been ob­served glob­ally ev­ery 22 March since 1993 fol­low­ing a United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly res­o­lu­tion.

They fo­cus at­ten­tion on the im­por­tance of fresh wa­ter and the need to pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity for fresh wa­ter re­sources’ man­age­ment.

Each year, World Wa­ter Day high­lights a spe­cific as­pect of fresh­wa­ter. For 2015, the theme is “Wa­ter and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment”.

TRC Pro­gramme manager and head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s So­cial and En­vi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice depart­ment, Lenka Thamae, said they de­cided to com­mem­o­rate World Wa­ter Day in Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba fol­low­ing a re­quest from a com­mu­nity mem­ber to source toi­lets and in­stall communal wa­ter taps for them.

“Since we do not give out dona­tions to com­mu­ni­ties but ad­vo­cate for the right to wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in Le­sotho, we held the com­mem­o­ra­tions here so the com­mu­ni­ties’ voices can be heard by the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers such as gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” Mr Thamae said.

“The Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba com­mu­ni­ties’ pleas for toi­lets and safe drink­ing wa­ter should be heard all over Le­sotho and ad­dressed since it is ev­ery­one’s right to ac­cess suf­fi­cient, safe and af­ford­able wa­ter for per­sonal and do­mes­tic use.”

He added that the TRC had done a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive for the Katse Mape­leng and Marak­abei com­mu­ni­ties by ad­vo­cat­ing for the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture through com­mem­o­rat­ing the World Wa­ter Day in the vil­lages.

“Now that ev­ery­one knows that the vil­lages of Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba sorely need safe drink­ing wa­ter and toi­lets, we are hope­ful that they will def­i­nitely get help, just like Katse and Marak­abei vil­lages which got as­sis­tance,” Mr Thamae said.

He also said the TRC was also on a cam­paign of pro­mot­ing wa­ter as a hu­man right which should be en­shrined in Le­sotho’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Speak­ing at the same event, Mohale’s Hoek Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor, ‘Man­tši­uoa Mosothoane, said the dis­trict’s com­mu­nity devel­op­ment com­mit­tee al­ready had a plan to as­sist the Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba com­mu­ni­ties by in­stalling wa­ter taps but was fail­ing to do so timeously.

“Our devel­op­ment dis­trict com­mu­nity has a plan to help th­ese com­mu­ni­ties but we are not able to ful­fill the peo­ple’s needs on time be­cause th­ese ar­eas are hard to ac­cess,” Ms Mosothoane said.

“But we are work­ing very hard to de­liver on our man­date.”

She added that they had to travel from Mohale’s Hoek to Mafeteng and then to Maseru be­fore they could reach Mo­hales’ Hoek again due to the poor road net­work.

Ms Mosothoane, how­ever, re­as­sured the Tšenekeng and Ha Letšaba com­mu­ni­ties that wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture would soon be in­stalled in their ar­eas.

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