Maseru, Aug 08 — Clerk of the National Assembly Advocate Lebohang Fine Maema has once again released a circular summoning members of parliament to the Second Special Meeting of the Eleventh Parliament of Lesotho on Monday next week.
Advocate Maema said, ‘’I am directed to inform you that the Second Special Meeting of the Eleventh Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho (Recall of Parliament during adjournment) will be held at the New Parliament Building, Maseru, on Monday 14th August 2023. At 2.30 p.m. in terms of the attached Temporary Standing Order framed and determined pursuant to Standing Order No. 110’’ he highlighted.
He said the purpose of the meeting is to consider the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution Bill, 2022.
The Clerk of the National Assembly said temporary Standing Order framed and determined by Speaker of the House, Mr. Tlohang Sekhamane pursuant to standing order N0.110 (1)(a) says if, during an adjournment of Parliament, it is represented to the Speaker by the Leader of the House that public interest requires that Parliament should sit on an earlier time than that to which Parliament was adjourned pursuant to the Parliamentary calendar, the Speaker, if he is satisfied that the public interest does so require, may accordingly direct that a Special Meeting be convened on a day and at such hour that he may determine after consultation with the Government.
He also stated that a written notice the day and hour of such Meeting shall be given by the Clerk to Members at least five days before the day of the Meeting.
“The business for that Meeting shall be set down by the Leader of the House and notice thereof shall be circulated by the Clerk not later than the time of the Meeting,” he underscored.
Adv. Maema noted that during this Special Meeting, no other business shall be raised during a Special Meeting which does not relate to the business for which the House convened.
At the conclusion of the business, Adv. Maema said Parliament shall stand adjourned without any question being put to the time which Parliament had originally been adjourned pursuant to the Parliamentary Calendar.
He said the ‘Special Meeting’ means any sitting or sittings of the House called to dispose of any urgent public or extra-ordinary matter that requires action when the House is adjourned.
The Special Meeting was supposed to have started its sitting last week Monday but its legality was successfully changed by the Leader of opposition Mr Mathibeli Mokhothu.