Council prepares for independence day

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Limpho Sello

THE Maseru City Council (MCC) has organized a number of activities in the buildup to Lesotho’s 50-year independence anniversary on 4 October 2016.

According to MCC Mayor Masechaba Mmakong, the activities would begin with senior citizens being provided with health services and goodies at points where they receive pension payments in Maseru. The country gained independence from British protection on 4 October 1966.

“From this month to October and beyond, MCC officials will visit pay points for pensioners and put up tents to provide health services to elderly people,” Ms Mmakong said while addressing a press conference this week.

She said the pensioners would receive health services such as diabetes, blood pressure and HIV AIDS tests among others.

“It is never easy for the elderly to access health services since some of them are unable to walk long distances and to stand in long lines to get the medical attention they need, hence MCC decided to come to them,” said Ms Mmakong.

“Added to that, we will also provide the elderly people with goodies such as oranges and sweets while they are waiting for their monthly allowances.”

The mayor also touched on the prevalence of litter in the streets of Maseru, saying it was the responsibility of every resident to keep the city clean.

Ms Mmakong said the council was stepping up efforts to clean up the city by removing grime along the roadsides, mowing grass, refurbishing roads and repairing streetlights.

“We intend to include all members of the community in our drive to clean up the city. The campaign will include schools, vendors, taxi drivers, factory workers and every member of society because we believe involving them all will help us achieve our goal,” she said.

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