Parliament back in business
The much-anticipated 9th National Assembly opened on Tuesday this week, with 119 of the 120 Members of Parliament (MPS) being sworn-in for a five-year term.
Only Motloheloa Phooko of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho was not in parliament for the grand occasion, which saw MPS from different political parties mingling and backslapping just like one big, happy family. The MPS then nominated Ntlhoi Motsamai of the Democratic Congress (DC) as Parliament’s Speaker, with Montsuoe Lethoba of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) being elected her deputy. In her acceptance speech, Ms Motsamai, said she felt honoured to be given the chance to be Speaker once again after holding the post in the 6th and 7th Parliament in 2002 – 2007 and 2007 -2012, respectively.
“I feel honoured to be given this opportunity of being Speaker of the National Assembly once again. I’m not accepting this mammoth task because I have the experience, but sim- ply due to my desire to serve this country,” Ms Motsamai said.she added the MPS need to complement each other’s strengths for the development of Lesotho.
“What is important now is to fulfil the promises we all made when we were campaigning to be voted into office,” she said.ms Motsamai concluded by thanking members of the hloahloeng constituency who elected her their MP, the Southern African Development Community, and the country’s development partners for helping Lesotho restore political stability following the collapse of the Thomas Thabane-led coalition government.
After the close of Tuesday’s business, Parliament was suspended indefinitely, as the nation awaits the inauguration of DC leader, Pakalitha Mosisili, as the country’s prime minister on Tuesday next week.dr Mosisili, who was premier between 1998 and 2012 , would be leading a seven-party government comprising the DC, LCD, Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP), Basotho Congress Party (BCP), National Independent Party (NIP), Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) and Popular Front for Democracy (PFD).
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