THE government needs about M260 million to rebuild the roads and bridges that were demolished across the country by last year’s heavy rains.
Nov. 24, 2022
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Road restoration needs over M260 million – Road Department
Prime Minister Sam Matekane
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The funds, according to the Department of Roads Directorate would adequately cater for the refurbishment of old roads and bridges as well as the construction of new ones.
The department says in total, there are 41 main roads and bridges in Maseru, Mafeteng, Thaba-Tseka, Leribe, Botha-Bothe, Berea, Qacha's Nek, Mokhotlong, Mohale's Hoek and Quthing.
During his inauguration in October, Prime Minister Sam Matekane pledged to fully play his role of holding his government accountable during his five-year tenure of office.
He said the people of Lesotho have spoken, promising to do his best to deliver, while also highlighting the gravity of the responsibility he faces.
Matekane said the economy of Lesotho has been in recession since 2017, adding that 82 percent of the national budget goes toward public servants’ salaries.
He underscored the need for the government to act promptly in order to improve the state of Lesotho’s economy.
The government’s revenue, he said, depends on the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) as well as the Revenue Services Lesotho (RSL), which has declined and is expected to decline further by 22 percent.
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He said his priority is to generate income as the government has become a critical source of employment for Basotho. He said about M6.7 billion of the national budget is spent on development projects while the remaining M18 billion goes towards salaries.
Matekane and the Minister of Local Government, Chieftainship, Police, and Home Affairs, Lephema Lebona toured the country over the past weekend in a bid to inspect roads and bridges destroyed by the past heavy rains. - LeNA