Par­lia­ment back in busi­ness

Lesotho Times - - News - Le­tuka Chafotsa

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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