AD takes on Majoro’s government over increasing COVID-19 cases

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By Pulane Chaka

Alliance of Democrats (AD) has taken a swipe at government over increased positive cases of COVID-19.

Secretary-General, Mahali Phamotse said AD was gravely concerned over the number of cases reported over the past fortnight.

Phamotse urged Dr. Moeketsi Majoro’s government to step up and fulfill promises made to the people of Lesotho before the lockdown was imposed in March.

She also took a jab at Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelepo’s conduct towards addressing the grievances of healthcare workers saying it left much to be desired.

She said that the government should afford nurses at least M7,000.00 in risk allowances as they are the most at risk of contracting COVID-19.

“We agree that nurses should be afforded M7,000.00. Seeing how government has been wandering around within the country, that amount is feasible and it could save the lives of Basotho people because nurses and other healthcare workers will return to work.

“They should also be given proper equipment,” Phamotse said.

Phamotse further said government had promised people financial aid for people over 60, along with people who were self-employed who would have been unable to pay their rentals, but that has not yet happened.

For his part, Tlohelang Aumane said the party would like to see Thabo Khasipe, the Lesotho Revenue Authority Commissioner now seconded to lead the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC), taking initiative by allowing clothing and textile manufacturing plants to create Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as well as face masks for the country as a way to fight against COVID-19 and keep people employed.

Aumane said AD is supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by distributing masks made locally for its party members and general public.

Aumane said the party has also been buying and distributing food parcels to poor and vulnerable households.

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