The Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) has launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s government, accusing it of corruption among others, and on Thursday dropped a bombshell when it claimed that only farmers who have political connections with senior government official get paid on time.
“It is mind-boggling that a government which campaigned on fighting corruption today callously has the audacity to utilise state funds extravagantly to maintain cabinet members’ lavish lifestyle at the cost of the poor,” TRC’s Director Tsikoane Peshoane said in a statement on Thursday.
“How can the government that preached intolerance towards the excesses of the previous regime today abandon the concerns of scarcity of funds as characterised, amongst others, in the institutions of higher learning?
“Instead of addressing financial challenges facing the country, priority is directed on buying prime minister and deputy prime minister a fleet of expensive cars which are estimated to have cost M12, million,” read Peshoane statement.
He said these were times when the country needed “vigilance” in both government and opposition to pay much attention and take actions and formulate clear policies against “high levels of unemployment” and “rampant poverty among all vulnerable groups particularly most disadvantaged unemployed tertiary graduates, youth and women” who are majority of the population.
“It is unacceptable that farmers and government service suppliers are rarely paid on time unless they have political connections with senior government official who also endlessly continue with their unnecessary international trips with a view of receiving per diem,” he said.
“TRC strongly urges the current administration to concentrate on preparing for the perennial food insecurity which most people are already experiencing. Holding dark corner meetings and political rallies in desperate attempts to maintain status will not restore economic stability and growth of this country,” he added.
The Night’s Watch reported on May 2, that a total of 487 857 of people living in Lesotho do not know where their next meal will come from and government requires over M200 million to address the food needs of this affected population.
This is because, The Night’s Watch further reported, the rainfall received in all the ten districts was below average from September to November last year, which is the normal period for planting most crops.
This resulted in most of the crops across the country not reaching the expected stages of growth during the cropping season a decline in crop production of an estimated 21 percent.