Senate President, Mrs. ‘Mamonaheng Mokitimi welcomed members for the 2nd session of the 11th Parliament in Maseru today.
The second session follows a joint sitting of Parliamentarians for a hearing of the 2023/24 national budget presentation last week.
During the session, Mrs. Mokitimi shared words of encouragement to members, saying that society has entrusted them with the responsibility to lead hence the need to do so with humility.
“We wish to commend the government for allocation of the budget that will ensure completion of a new building for Senators.” She said.
On a different note, she mentioned that the 27th conference of parties otherwise known as COP 27 has urged nations to stand in solidarity in the fight against climate change.
Moreover, she noted that the year 2023 has been designated as the International Year of Millets, thus all are encouraged to plant sorghum as it resists the effects of climate change while also promoting the nutritional status.
During this meeting, it is expected that bills that include Protection and Administration of the Custom at the Initiation School Bill, 2022, Tax Administration Bill, 2022 and Public Financial Management and Accountability Bill, 2022 to mention but a few will be discussed.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Dr. Rets’elisitsoe Matlanyane informed the house that in relation to fraudulent money currently in circulation, at least 953 pieces amounting to M82 400 have been collected thus far.
She urged people to submit this type of money to local banks even though the law does not give provision for redemption in this regard.
Again, the Minister moved a motion to ask for an adjournment of the house for members to partake at the International Day of Women to be held at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre tomorrow, Wednesday.
In acceptance, the Principal Chief of Phamong, Chieftainess Nthati Bereng commended the government for this event which will provide women a chance to introspect in relation to issues of poverty and nutrition amongst others as well as those relating to education.
The Senate is comprised of 33 members, the majority of whom are Principal Chiefs whereas 11 are those appointed by His Majesty based on their skills and experiences.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Government of Lesotho.