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‘We have notched significant achievements’

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Boitumelo Koloi MASERU — Prime Minister Tom Thabane says the coalition has notched up significant achievements in its first 100 days in government. He told a gathering at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre that his coalition government will continue to grow from “strength to strength”.
Thabane said the full report of the achievements will be released in the week of November 12.

He however listed the 14 successes he said his government has achieved since coming to power in June.
Below is the list of what Thabane considers to be the main achievements of his government in the first 100 days:
1. The government has set out to improve health service delivery by employing more nurses in health centres. Half of the positions created have been filled and nurses have been posted to different centres across the country.

2. The government has provided subvention to facilities for elderly, people with disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children. The funding, Thabane said, had helped the facilities to start income generating projects.

3. New stalls for vendors have been built at Thibella Bus Stop. The idea, the prime minister said, is to help the vendors operate in a conducive atmosphere.

4. The government has committed to eradicating poverty, opening business opportunities for the poor and creating employment. There has been a major drive to help local producers break into the local market. So far 545 local producers have been registered. As part of efforts to protect local producers the government is investigating allegations that agricultural products are being smuggled in and out of Lesotho.

5. Thabane said the government has worked hard to prevent crime and corruption. “We have conducted several successful raids countrywide in search of illegal weapons, stolen stock, drugs, stolen motor vehicles and other illegal items,” he said.

6. An “Assets and Interest Declaration Form” has been developed to curb corruption in the public service.
All civil servants and ministers will be required to fill the form.

7. Contracts have been awarded for the design of roads and bridges.

8. The government has met targets for the development of electricity infrastructure to increase access to affordable electricity in rural and urban areas.

9. Targets to increase access to clean water in the rural and urban areas have been met, Thabane claimed.

10. The government is now following stakeholders’ input for a thorough review of the Media Policy.

11. M117 million had been allocated to provide 50 percent agricultural subsidy on both inputs and mechanical operations. The money will be used to buy fertilisers and seeds.

12. An Independent Review Commission is being set up to review salaries of civil servants.
The commission, to be led by a judge, will cover all aspects of government structures.

13. Copyright Regulations have been developed.

14. A National Contact Centre is being established to improve communication between the government and stakeholders.

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