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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

In a drive to promote hygiene and cleanliness, Lesotho has launched a two months clean-up campaign starting on the date of the World Clean-Up Day commemoration, Friday, September 18th.

Styled Operation Hloekisa Lesotho, the campaign was officially launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs, and the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC).

Local Government Minister Tsoinyane Rapapa expressed his concern caused by littering in various parts of the country.

He said this has prompted a partnership with private sectors to organize ‘Operation Hloekisa Lesotho’.

Rapapa added that the project targeted to take place at a time the world is combating the global solid waste problem known as World Clean-Up Day.

The official clean-up day, Rapapa said will be on Friday the 18th with a brief gathering starting at the Maseru Pitso Ground from 6:00 AM.

He said after a short service people will go in different directions to clean-up the chosen areas around the City of Maseru.

“We call upon all Basotho to show up to make this a success,” said Rapapa.

Rapapa said the Clean-up will be in effect for a period of two months and it will also take place in other districts in line with a program government will organize.

LNOC’s vice president Tlali Rampooane said it is their responsibility to ensure that athletes are taken care of including cleanliness around them.

Rampooane emphasized they are also going to take part in ‘operation hloekisa Lesotho’.

Rampooane said they are given a task to foresee the areas that they are going to clean are left clean as they should be.

Minister of Tourism, Environment, and Culture, Lekhetho Rakuoane, made a plea to the private sector to join the clean-up project as LNOC has.

Rakuoane added they are also expecting stores at the front line of cleaning Maseru together with street vendors and taxi drivers.

Rakuoane also stated that there is no budget for this exercise since it is a voluntary one and planning on fewer expenses as possible.