As TÅ¡osane dumping site continues to burn
The fire which erupted at the TÅ¡osane dumping site has cost a local businessman thousands of Maluti in damages.
This resurfaced before the Parliamentâ€™s Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday where Jeremaea Mokhothu told the committee that some of his assets along with scrap cars he was meant to fix all burnt to ashes following the fire that has been burning non-stop at the dump site.
â€œIt has been two months now since the fire erupted and we have attempted to protest on the prolonged mismanagement of the dump site by the Maseru City Council. To date the fire is still burning one way yet rubbish depositing has also not stopped. Apart from health hazards that the fire poses to the residents of Ha TÅ¡osane, there is also private property that was property damaged after catching fire from the burning rubbish. I am one of the affected people. My electrical appliances and scrap cars which were awaiting maintenance at my place caught fire regardless of the efforts we have made. The MCC has shown no interest,â€ Mokhothu pointed out.
â€œFixing cars is my only source of income, and it has been affected causing me to incur unnecessary expenses,â€ Mokhothu said.
Mokhothu further indicated that the MCC promised to send mobile clinics to Ha TÅ¡osane to examine health conditions of people living around the dumping site, but he has not seen â€˜even one mobile clinic up to date.â€™
Responding to Mokhothuâ€™s plight, Motseki Khuto, Director in the Environmental Health Office of the MCC, indicated that Mokhothu is not being honest on the issue of mobile clinics.
â€œFrom what I know and feel is that Mokhothu does not want to talk about the fact the mobile clinics sometimes are dispatched to Ha TÅ¡osane though it is not every day, but we are working on that and there should be at least a mobile clinic every day for better health for the people of Ha TÅ¡osane.
â€œFor now, we have been trying to stop the fire by using soil because it seems to be more helpful than water. On the issue that we are still pilling rubbish on top of the burning one, that is not true, we look for a place around the dump site where there is no fire right now, and deposit new rubbish there, and after that we put soil on top of it to prevent it from catching fire,â€ Khuto explained.
He further indicated that due to limited resources, the fire would not stop as soon as they would wish it to.
â€œThe fact that our machinery is broken down and were using a borrowed the machine from Mafeteng which was returned, we are unable to anticipate just how soon the fire will be put out. We are still trying other mechanisms,â€ he said.
He indicated that the Council urged affected people to write letters to MCC outlining what they have lost in the event of the fire.
â€œWe urged people who are affected including Mokhothu to write letters of complaints to MCC so that their issue will be looked into and compensation methods agreed upon,â€ Khuto said.
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary with the Local Government Ministry, Khothatso Tsoana said while Ha TÅ¡osane issue is been looked into, the MCC and the ministry are still in the procurement process to acquire a specialist on issues of environment.
â€œThe ministry is in the process of finding specialist that will stop the fire and very soon there will be a solution,â€ he revealed.