COMMUNITIES in the Maliepetsane Constituency in Mafeteng district were all smiles when the Minister of Energy and Meteorology, Mokoto Hloaele launched an electrification project in the area last week.
A community electrification scheme was also launched earlier on, to ensure that local communities pooled their resources together to make connections affordable to all people.
Mr Hloaele said the government had no intentions of leaving anyone behind in the national rural electrification programme.
“Government is aware how costs would be beyond the reach of many people if the local communities do not combine resources to enable connections. I urge all people to become part of the electricity to be able to access electricity,” Mr Hloaele said.
Five villages of an estimated 640 households are expected to benefit from this project, which is also expected to improve businesses, attract investment in the area and improve health service delivery.
“We are hoping the contractor assigned to this project will complete the work in 35 weeks. I am looking forward to visiting this area from time to time to monitor progress to ensure that by September 2018, this place would have changed.”
Speaking at the same event, Maliepetsana Member of Parliament, Mpalipali Molefe said his wish was to see all households accessing all the services they required, including electricity, clean water and sanitation.
“It is the responsibility of constituency representatives to work closely with the government to ensure that the needs of the people are met. As your servant, I am happy only when I see you all happy. We are grateful that the Ministry of Energy is here with the good news of development,” Mr Molefe said.
He said the provision of electricity was non-discriminatory, explaining that the government of the day’s approach was to serve all Basotho equally and help to bring then out of poverty.
“Even with limited resources, the government is willing to stretch its resources to meet the needs of all people. We are not going to politicise service delivery in this constituency and in the rest of the country,” he said.
He expressed his gratitude to the government for listening and acting on the calls by the people in his constituency who had been waiting for electricity since independence in 1966.
“It’s a happy day for us here because finally, we can now start working on all the projects we have been failing to do due to lack of electricity.”
He urged the local communities to assume ownership of the project equipment to ensure its smooth implementation.
In an interview, the community chairperson, Leoalatsa Ramoshebi said electricity was going to improve the quality of life for the people of Maliepetsana constituency.
“There is a lot we will be able to do in the areas of businesses, communication and education. Students will be able to study at night while schools can now start preparing to introduce computer classes,” Mr Ramoshebi said.