The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has recently hit a road block due to some allegations made by the city press accusing the Department of Water and Sanitation of South Africa of being bankrupt and having a debt amounting to a whopping US$3.2m making them unable of completing some crucial projects in the country.
The Minister of Department of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, Nomvula Paula Mokonyane has however denied these allegations through a statement from her office saying that the department is not in debt arguing that they still have enough funding that will last them till the end of the financial year.
“The department is not in debt where we stand, we still have sufficient funding until the end of the financial year,” Nomvula Mokonye confirmed.
The prosecutor’s office is however currently investigating the project that is worth approximately US$ 190m.
Mokonyane’s office further insisted that the minister rejects the allegations as unfounded, without factual basis and refuses to be intimidated by such actions.
The citizens can only wait for a report from the ministry so as to finally know the outcome but according to city press, an official at treasury has alleged that the project and contract management in that department has completely collapsed with the shocking revelation of irregularities on expenditure of an additional US$190m
Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is an ongoing water supply project with a hydropower component, developed in partnership between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa.
The mega project comprises of a system of several large dams and tunnels throughout Lesotho and South Africa.
In Lesotho, it involves the rivers Malibamatso, Matsoku, Senqunyane and Senqu while in South Africa, it involves the Vaal River making it Africa’s largest water transfer scheme.