Date set for par­ley open­ing

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LE­SOTHO’S 9th Par­lia­ment will be opened on 8 May 2015 fol­low­ing its in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion last month.the 10 March ad­journ­ment came soon af­ter the new leg­is­la­tors had taken oath of of­fice, and sought to pave way for the swear­ing-in of the prime min­is­ter and cabi­net, which took place on 17 March and 31 March, re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) also elected Ntl­hoi Mot­samai and Man­tšuoe Lethoba as Speaker and Deputy Speaker re­spec­tively, af­ter their swear­ing-in as the peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the 9th Na­tional As­sem­bly.

How­ever, op­po­si­tion MPS and cer­tain sec­tions of so­ci­ety had ex­pressed out­rage over the con­tin­ued clo­sure of the leg­is­la­ture by the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment headed by Demo­cratic Congress (DC) leader, Pakalitha Mo­sisili, ar­gu­ing the move vi­o­lated cit­i­zens’ right to hold their lead­er­ship to ac­count.

But ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar dated 23 April 2015 and en­dorsed by Na­tional As­sem­bly Clerk Fine Maema, the first ses­sion of the 9th Par­lia­ment would be held on 8 May from 9am.

The no­tice, which is ad­dressed to all the 120 MPS and copied to heads of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries, reads: ‘You are hereby no­ti­fied that His Majesty, King Let­sie III, has sum­moned the 9th Par­lia­ment of the King­dom of Le­sotho to meet on Fri­day, 8 May 2015, at 10:30 am at Par­lia­ment Build­ing in Maseru.

“Hon­ourable mem­bers are how­ever, no­ti­fied that the sit­ting will, as usual com­mence at 9am.”

King Let­sie III is ex­pected to de­liver his Speech from the Throne, which out­lines gov­ern­ment’s plans for its five-year ten­ure.le­sotho is un­der a new gov­ern­ment which came to power af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tions.

The polls came two years early af­ter the midterm col­lapse of the three-party gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane, which had come to power in June 2012.

Sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween Dr Tha­bane and his deputy Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, even­tu­ally led to the col­lapse of Le­sotho’s first coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

In ad­di­tion to Dr Tha­bane’s All Ba­sotho

Con­ven­tion (ABC), and Mr Mets­ing’s Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD), the coali­tion also in­cluded the Ba­sotho Na­tional Party.af­ter the South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity had failed to bring the war­ring gov­ern­ing par­ties to an am­i­ca­ble agree­ment, Ba­sotho found them­selves back at the polling sta­tions once again.

How­ever, the ABC and BNP al­liance failed to gar­ner the needed ma­jor­ity seats to re­main in gov­ern­ment, prompt­ing the DC to form an al­liance with the LCD, Popular Front for Democ­racy, Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party and Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress and sub­se­quently gov­ern­ment.

The al­liance chose Dr Mo­sisili, whose party had the high­est num­ber of seats in the leg­is­la­ture, as prime min­is­ter, and Mr Mets­ing as his deputy.

The DC had at 47 seats, while the LCD had 12. The PFD brought two seats to the coali­tion, while the LPC, BCP, MFP and NIP each brought one seat to the al­liance.

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