LEC comes to the aid of Quthing villagers
THE Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) donated food parcels to 200 Quthing households to assist them to deal with the negative impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The distribution of the groceries, worth M92 000, was done in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s office whose duties include coordinating responses to disaster situations through the Disaster Management Authority (DMA).
Speaking at the recent handover of the food parcels, LEC public relations manager, Makhetha Motšoari, said they had responded to a request from the Prime Minister’s office to assist families hardest hit by food shortages.
“We decided to donate these groceries after receiving a request from the Prime Minister’s office informing us about the plight of the people in this area due to the negative impact of Covid-19,” Mr Motšoari said.
He also took the opportunity to appeal to the beneficiaries and others in the district to report any acts of vandalism on LEC property. He urged villagers who were connected to electricity on the LEC’s credit scheme to continue paying their debts to enable the LEC to connect more customers.
On his part, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Officer, Kemiso Mosenene, expressed gratitude to LEC for donating to the Quthing villagers.
“I have observed high levels of food shortages in many parts of the country due to poor harvests in the past two summer cropping seasons. This led former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane into declaring the food crisis a national disaster last year. We have about 800 000 people who are food insecure.
“I therefore, thank the LEC for supporting the people of Quthing. There are also other organisations that have done the same in other parts of the country and I thank them too.”
He said the government had subsided farmers with inputs to enable them to have a productive 2020/21 farming season.
He added that the government would soon empower food producers by buying their produce to redistribute to those in need of food assistance.
Mpiti Sekake, the Quthing urban councilor, appealed to the minister to empower youths to utilise many fields that have been lying fallow in recent years.
He said the government should be worried that many youths around the country were idle due to lack of empowerment initiatives.
“It is regrettable that many youths have been turned into charity cases due to lack of empowerment opportunities. They should not be here lining up for food parcels with the elderly,” Mr Sekake said.