Economy under siege
lo and behold, it deemed it prudent to decide otherwise meaning vehicles that are taxed in South Africa are utilising our road infrastructure and their rentals are being paid to South Africa. Clearly this is flight of finance to South Africa.the government is failing to make hay while the sun still shines.
This is because social upliftment programmes such as tertiary education, health services, social development and assistance to the vulnerable infirm and disabled and agriculture are running low on government funding. For instance, just last week virtually all the villages in most of Berea district were hit by
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sary modalities on how, and by whom, etc, are put in place. The 2007 standing Orders established a new document named ATC. When the eighth Parliament prematurely ended, that apparently important document had not seen the sun. Every human action has to be guided through/by agreed procedures.
In the context of what happens elsewhere, the Sixth and Seventh Parliaments of Lesotho could earn some credit for the innovations they put in place, particularly in the wish to involve the nation in the work of parliament and professional support to MPS.
To that end, the two Houses committed themselves to regularly deliver copies of daily Hansard to District Administrators Offices, District and Community Councils, Chiefs Offices etc; to enable constituents to follow up on what transpires daily in each House of parliament. The outlook then, was that the daily Hansard would be uploaded on the parliament severe storms leaving the affected families in need of government aid. One wonders what the government will do to alleviate the impending drought brought about the El Nino of which government has been duly warned about. In addition to the sluggish economy no employment opportunities are being created at all, leading to the inescapable conclusion that the government is running the economy to ground. Instead of alleviating the problem, government is compounding it. web site.
An English language parliamentary quarterly magazine was launched under the title of Ka Paramenteng. It was designed to be a mouth piece and mirror of the two Houses internationally. Research Units were established to arm MPS with knowledge relating to newly immerging parliamentary trends.
The Public Relations Unit was equally created because the nation deserves to know about the workings of parliament. The concept of Law Clerk was similarly introduced to service both the two Houses and individual MPS. Thinking then was that those new functions would expand over time as a response to increasing demands. That era had one major advantage. Governments of the time were actually smart. Each Ministry and House of Parliament had to demonstrate its achievements at the end of every financial year.
Each Minister had to sign a per-
Surely we need leaders with foresight who can foresee that this fragile economy cannot sustain these short-sighted policies and that we will forever run around the world with a begging bowl for assistance. Government has to change this approach else the consequences are too ghastly to contemplate, to borrow the over-used cliché.
Proponents might argue that these are but small amounts, but my counter-argument is that these are just the tip of the iceberg that afflicts our fragile economy. formance compact with the Prime Minister, while Principal Secretaries and the 2 Clerks had theirs with Government Secretary. Surely many still remember that. Can`t that be reenacted — at least until parliament has an autonomous service.
The eighth NCP has been a good reminder about the role expected of communities in the work of parliament and government. This could be an opportunity to assess the situation of all those innovations of the past — they could be outdated or remain relevant but not put to use any more, as parliaments replace each other.
Another key potential actor in all these could be the media. In better working democracies, befriending the media is a top priority for a parliament; so that the media does not create news or find parliamentary news for themselves.
Media briefings are a must for parliament. It is not to be a monopoly of the executive. One wonders if the
media will develop some interest in the above mentions. This will indeed
be another test on the kind of media Lesotho has.