MPs must be accountable: Speaker

The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Sephiri Motanyane reminded Members of Parliament (MP) of their responsibility, saying they should account to the House on the developments in their respective ministries and constituencies.
He said it is important for members of the House to ensure that they answer questions posed in the House.

He reminded them that, as members of the House, they have to account to parliamentarians.
“The reason for afternoon sessions is to afford Ministers enough time to consult with officers in their ministries so that they provide adequate answers, but not to defer questions as was the case on Thursday,” the Speaker said.
This was after the question-and-answer session where the MP for Mosalemane, Mr. Tsoinyane Rapapa asked the Minister of Defence, Mr. Sentje Lebona if he was aware that the belongings of the late army commander Maaparankoe Mahao, including his benefits, had not reached his family.
“It came to my attention that the deceased’s eye spectacles had not been returned to his family since he was killed in 2015, but a fire arm and two cellular phones had been returned.
“On the issue of benefits, Mahao’s family has already received his death gratuity, while the other benefits are still being processed,” said Mr. Lebona.
Mr. Rapapa also questioned the presence of soldiers at polling stations during the June general election.
“There was an agreement between the Commissioner of Police and Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to provide officers for elections following a tip-off that there were people who intended to disrupt the voting process,” he said.
He said this was done according to the Election Act and both the Commissioner and Commander were acting within the confines of the law.

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