MPS to sue over parly clo­sure

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

ELEVEN Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) will in­sti­tute le­gal ac­tion to com­pel Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ntl­hoi Mot­samai to re­con­vene the par­lia­ment af­ter she snubbed their writ­ten re­quest de­mand­ing she re-opens the au­gust house.

Ms Mot­samai in­def­i­nitely ad­journed the Na­tional Assem­bly on the 22nd Novem­ber say­ing the House had “run out of time” fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion and tabling of var­i­ous re­ports and bills.

Or­di­nar­ily, the mo­tion to ad­journ the House in­def­i­nitely is pre­sented by the Leader of the House, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, with MPS af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to de­bate the mo­tion.

Op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors re­acted an­grily to the move which they viewed as a strat­egy to dodge a pro­posed no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against the coali­tion government led by Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili.

The ad­journ­ment was made af­ter the op­po­si­tion last week sub­mit­ted a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion on Deputy Speaker Mon­tšuoe Lethoba. The mo­tion was meant to test the op­po­si­tion al­liance’s strength ahead of an­other no-con­fi­dence mo­tion on the seven-party gov­ern­ing coali­tion.

How­ever, the mo­tion never saw the light of day af­ter the speaker and her deputy did not raise it up for de­bate much to the cha­grin of the op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers.

Af­ter the ad­journ­ment, Ad­vo­cate Makhetha Motšoari penned a let­ter on be­half of the 11 MPS de­mand­ing the re­con­ven­ing of par­lia­ment by the 29th of Novem­ber but this was ig­nored by Ms Mot­samai.

The 11 MPS are: Sa­monyane Nt­sekele, Ma­joro Mo­hapi, Mot­lohi Maliehe, Joang Mo­lapo, Mamolula Ntabe, Moshoeshoe Fako, ’Man­thabiseng Phohleli, Tjoet­sane Seoka, Tieho Ma­masiane, Mokhele Mo­let­sane and Tsoinyane Ra­papa.

This MPS are drawn from the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC), Demo­cratic Congress (DC), Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) and the Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) par­ties.

Part of the let­ter reads: “Our client have in­formed us that your good self on the 22nd day of Novem­ber 2016 ad­journed the Na­tional Assem­bly sine die. We have been in­formed fur­ther that you took this move with­out ask­ing a ques­tion to the mem­bers of the house as ex­pected”.

The let­ter states the ad­journ­ment prej­u­diced the MPS and the en­tire na­tion, there­fore re­quest­ing Ms Mot­samai to re­con­vene par­lia­ment with the ex­pec­ta­tion be­ing that “the house shall have its seat­ing to­day the 29th day of Novem­ber 2016”.

“Fail­ure to act in ac­cor­dance with this let­ter shall leave us with no op­tion but to ap­proach the courts of law for im­me­di­ate re­lief,” the let­ter fur­ther states.

Ms Mot­samai re­ferred the Le­sotho Times to the Clerk of the Na­tional Assem­bly, King’s Coun­sel Ad­vo­cate Fine Maema for com­ment but his mo­bile phone rang unan­swered.

How­ever, Adv Motšoari told this pub­li­ca­tion that his clients had in­structed him to take the mat­ter to court fol­low­ing the Speaker’s fail­ure to re­spond to the let­ter of de­mand.

For­mer Na­tional Assem­bly speaker Sephiri motanyane.

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