THABA-TSEKA — Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki says his vast knowledge of Thaba-Tseka makes him uniquely qualified to address the district’s challenges such as poor infrastructure and lack of electricity.
Mr Moleleki made the claim while canvassing for votes in Thabong I, Thaba-Tseka over the last weekend ahead of the 3 June 2017 general elections.
The elections were prompted by a parliamentary no-confidence vote on the Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili-led seven party coalition government on 1 March 2017.
King Letsie III dissolved the National Assembly on 6 March 2017 and then called for Lesotho’s third elections in five years.
Mr Moleleki said only an AD government would ensure that roads were constructed and rehabilitated as well as installing electricity in the district.
“I worked in this district for at least 30 years and contributed to the construction of a number of roads in this district,” he said.
“I constructed a road that passes through Ha-Laka, Koalebere and Ha-Katse. Another starts in Hlotse going to Ha-Katse. These are just a few examples.
“As a result, I understand very well the challenges you face here because I have worked in this district for many years. If someone else were to come here and claim to know this district and its challenges more than me, they would be lying.”
Mr Moleleki said he would hit the ground running in addressing the district’s challenges unlike his opponents.
“I know that you need a tarred road and not a gravel road. I am the only person who can deliver this promise unlike the other political leaders even though I respect them,” he said.
“The issues I am raising are known by members of the community in this district. Even though I respect some of the other political leaders, they see Thaba-Tseka as a remote and far off district. I am the only person who knows that you need tarred roads here.”
Residents of all the five constituencies of Thaba-Tseka district, the AD leader said, should access electricity without exception. He said there should not be a selective approach to the provision of the amenity.
“Almost every village in my home constituency of Machache has electricity. There are only two villages without electricity out of 44 in the constituency,” Mr Moleleki said.
“The only person who understands the need to provide electricity to Mashai constituency, Mantšonyane, Thaba-Tseka, Semena and Thaba-Moea constituency is me.
“During my tenure as a minister, I connected electricity even to mud huts. Geographically, this district is in the central region of the country. Therefore, you need good roads to be accessible and also to reach other areas of the country.”
Mr Moleleki also urged his supporters to peacefully coexist with members of other parties.
“Let us leave petty politics behind and work towards improving the lives of Basotho.
“Let’s find means of creating jobs for Basotho youths so as to improve this country’s economy,” he added.