Poor infrastructure riles villagers
VILLAGERS in the Butha-Buthe district are dissatisfied with government’s failure to provide basic resources such as clean water, electricity and roads, with some saying this would push them to vote for the fledgling Movement for Economic Change (MEC) party fronted by former Small Business Development minister, Selibe Mochoboroane.
Some of the villagers who spoke to the Lesotho Times on the sidelines of the MEC political rally in the district this week bemoaned the poor state of roads and contaminated water from uncovered wells, adding they hoped for a change of fortunes in the event of the party winning the national elections set for 3 June.
His Majesty King Letsie dissolved parliament and called for elections in the aftermath of the downfall of the Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili-led seven parties’ coalition government which lost a no confidence vote sponsored by the opposition bloc in parliament.
One Ha – Maieane villager, Mabeibi Ramaqebe said they depended on one unprotected well “because there are no taps here”.
“We share the well with animals,” Ms Ramaqebe said, adding that on rainy days the water became muddy and unusable.
Ms Ramaqebe said most villagers had to travel long distances to fetch water.
She said as a result of government’s inaction, she would vote MEC because its leader had a history of delivery during his time in government.
“So, I want to support him because I believe he will bring services to us. MEC’s manifesto speaks about bringing services to the people. Mr Mochoboroane speaks about water, electricity and roads which are our challenges here. Having seen him deliver before, I believe that if he becomes a leader he will fulfil our needs,” she said.
Fellow villager, Mamahlomola Mole concurred with Ms Ramaqebe, adding there was only one communal tap which was functioned for only two weeks per month.
“We only have one tap we share with two other villages, so I suspect the tank is not big enough for all the villages so that is why it is opened after two weeks,” Ms Mole said.
Mr Mochoboroane is widely credited with bringing electricity to many rural areas during his tenure as Energy Minister from 2015 until his re-assignment to the Small Business portfolio in 2016.
Mr Mochoboroane was the secretary general in deputy Prime Minister, Mothetjoa Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) party until the duo fell out over allegations that the former was undermining Mr Metsing’s position.
Mr Mochoboroane subsequently ditched the LCD to lead MEC in January this year.
One Ms ‘Manthabiseng Pule from Sekubu village said although she had never been a member of a political party before, she had however “fallen in love with MEC and its manifesto”.
“It is my first time to attend a rally because what Ntate Mochoboroane says makes sense to me.
“He has promised to bring change to this district and given the chance, he will deliver,” Ms Pule said.
Her sentiments were shared Mr Khatebe Mohlalisi and Mr Lesole Posholi who said, “The man works hard and there is nothing that would stop him from delivering if he becomes Lesotho’s Prime Minister”.