Maseru, April 14 — The four candidates who have been announced as the rightful Members of Parliament following the high court ruling will be sworn in in the National Assembly on Monday when the House resumes from the Easter recess.
This has been confirmed by Clerk of the National Assembly Advocate (Adv) Lebohang Maema speaking to the Agency on Friday.
He stated that they have been waiting for the Government Gazette to be published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), saying now that it has been released these members will officially be taking oath of allegiance to King Letsie III and to the Constitution of the land.
“We have already written to them informing them about their swearing in on Monday” he commented.
On the other issue, Adv. Maema made it clear that the motion of Rev. Dr. Lipholo about the reclaiming of the conquered territory of Lesotho being reclaimed back will not be part of Monday’s business.
He said the reason for that is because the debate was adjourned to allow members to make further consultations, saying it is still in the hands of the members and that it will be up to them to decide when it will be brought back into the House to resume the debate.
However, the Democratic Congress (DC) is reported to have appealed the ruling made by Lordship Justice Mokhesi and concurred in by Justice Moahloli and Justice Khabo on March 30 this year that DC should remove three of its 29 legislators in the National Assembly following the mistake made by IEC when allocating the Proportional Representation (PR) seats.
The three DC legislators who were supposed to be removed from the National Assembly are Mr Morapeli Motoboli, Ms. Maletsema Letsoepa and Mr Kabelo Mosotho as well as the Alliance of Democrats (AD) Legislator advocate Lebohang Mochaba.
They were to be replaced by Mrs. Masetota Leshota of Basotho National Party (BNP), Mr. Tefo Mapesela of Basotho Patriotic Party (BPP) and Rev. Paul Masiu of Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) as well as Mr. Mohlominyane Tota of United for Change (UFC).
Whether these members will still be sworn in despite DC’s appeal case having already been lodged remains to be seen.