The Minister of Development Planning, Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane has expressed satisfaction over progress made on Mpiti-Sehlabathebe Road construction despite the challenges faced.

The Minister revealed this during his project visit in Qacha’s Nek where he remarked that the project is on track as 19 percent of the work has been done, noting that the project is expected to be complete by 2022.

Relating the challenges, he mentioned the project delay due to lock down due to COVID-19, subcontractors’ dissatisfaction about salaries payments from the main contractor while on the other hand the main contractor complains about workers whom he said their working pace is slow.

Mr. Mochoboroane said the Government of Lesotho needs about M40 million to compensate about 45 households whose properties such as houses, fields and pastures were affected.

Commenting on the project, the Director of Project Cycle Management (PCM), Mr. Mothobi Letooane said the project is delayed by 8 months, however saying the effort is satisfactory despite some challenges.

He expressed the need for both Ministries of Development Planning and of Public Works to meet so to discuss and find solutions to challenges.

One of the villagers, Mr. Taole Taole from Hiltop, Qacha’s Nek said the construction of the road from Mpiti-Sehlabathebe will reduce the hardships of transportation.

The 91 KM road project is a loan of 1.7 Billion from the Exim Bank of China.

To date, the Minister of Development Planning has visited the Government of Lesotho development projects in the districts of Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Maseru and Qacha’s Nek.

By Ministry of Development Planning (Information)

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