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The Minister of Energy and Meteorology, Mr. Mokoto Hloaele officially launched Koali Rural Electrification Project amounting to more than M7 million at an event held at Ha Koali in the Constituency of Mount Moorosi in Quthing on Thursday.

Construction of a project to benefit 747 households from 11 villages in the area is expected to start on Wednesday of December 13, 2017 and end in July 2018.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Hloaele said government is committed to ensure that every Mosotho access electricity hence the subsidy for electrification for Ha Koali community, saying each family was supposed to pay M9, 688.00 for electricity connection but will only pay M2, 000 which can also be paid in installments.

He also noted that the project will also benefit the communities in the area as some of them will be temporarily employed during project construction, however appealed for transparency in this regard.

Furthermore, the Minister announced that schools in the area, citing Koali and Sebapala Primary Schools as well as Sebapala High Schools will get free electricity connection, therefore appealed to the community in areas where the mentioned school are located to ensure that such schools are wired before electricity connection work reaches villages in the same location with such schools.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Public Service who is also a Member of Parliament representing the Basotho National Party (BNP), Chief Thesele Maseribane commended government for the initiative in the area, saying it is pleasing as the project will respond to long time plight of the community of getting such services and noting that this will also pave a way to creation of job opportunities which he said is a serious challenge.

Chief Maseribane further appealed to the Ministry of Energy to connect solar street lights at Ha Koali for community to walk freely in the street, adding that this will also help in the fight crime.

The Chairperson of Koali Electrification Scheme Committee, Mr. Lekanang Khechane thanked the government for bringing such a development in their area, saying a long time dream of Ha Koali community to get electricity has come true.

He further appealed to ministers at the event to talk to their colleagues in Cabinet about lack of clean water supply, which he said is also a challenge at the area.

The event was graced with the performance of traditional dances and ululations by women from different villages of Ha Koali. 

The eleven villages to benefit from the project include Maralleng, Mathatjane, Tongueblock, Thoteng, Aupulasi, Tsoelike, Tiping, Ha Libaka, Khohlong and Ha Mphethi. 

Source: LENA 08/12/2017

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