Is Majoro’s ‘free electricity’ in Thetsane a vote buying gimmick?

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By: Ntsebeng Sekotolane

Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s launch of a free electrification project for 1038 households in his home constituency of Thetsane has raised questions whether he is already gearing up to garner support for the 2022 elections.

Majoro had in toe an entourage of ministers as he launched the free electrification project under the Ministry of Energy’s rural electrification project.

But critics who spoke on conditions of anonymity said the installation of free electricity in a Thetsane constituency comes as much shock as the place is neither rural and also not home to the most destitute of Basotho.

Dr Majoro’s spokesperson Buta Moseme told KDNews the launch of rural electrification is not a campaigning tool.

Moseme said the projects belong to the ministry of Energy and the official launch was held at Thetsane as one area amongst many in the country where communities came together to form schemes so they could then apply for Electrification of their homes.

“Furthermore, the same Project was launched by the PM at Christ the King, Qacha’s Nek today, Thursday, April 28”, said Moseme.

Moseme also added that the project is already going on in Mokhotlong, Bobatsi where the Prime Minister launched the project earlier this on February 11 and 21.

But detractors said Majoro’s it is not a surprise that he is launching this initiative in his Thetsane Constituency.

Some of the questions raised by detractors were whether Ha Tsolo is a rural village or not.

They argue Majoro could be making his way into the 2022 elections campaign mode through this free access electricity installation project.

Among the Thetsane areas to be covered by the project are Thetsane Lekhalong, Thetsane Mocucung, Thetsane Lekhaleng, and Thetsane Sefateng and the installation is expected to be completed in October this year.

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