Mixed feelings over budget

Mixed feelings over budget

MASERU – MPs have reacted with mixed feelings over yesterday’s budget speech by Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathibeli Mokhothu, who is also the MP for Qhoali, said Basotho are facing serious problems especially those who are running businesses.

“What pulled a real surprise is that Dr Majoro did not utter a single word regarding the business people who are owed by the government,” Mokhothu said.
“We had a legitimate expectation that Dr Majoro would say something about the unpaid business people whose businesses are now struggling to survive.”

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last year announced that government owes the business people a staggering one billion maloti.
Mathibeli said this poses a serious threat to the country’s already weak economy because such business owners might end up not being paid at all.
“So such businesses could end up shutting down,” he said.

The leader of the Movement for Economic Change (MEC), who is also the Thabana Morena MP Selibe Mochoboroane, was also not happy with the budget.
He said Dr Majoro should have told the House how the 2019 Budget was disbursed and should further tell how that budget performed.
“Dr Majoro has failed to do that,” Mochoboroane said.

Now MPs are in the dark and are unable to tell if this budget will result in any positive changes as compared to the previous one.
Mochoboroane said Dr Majoro had in his previous budget promised the House that they were going to set up a rural electrification project at Ha-Marothole in Mafeteng district which was never done.
“Surprisingly even today he is singing the same song,” he said.
Mochoboroane said the All Basotho Convention (ABC)’s policy is to fight corruption.

The ABC is leading the foursome coalition government.
“But when delivering the budget speech Dr Majoro did not mention anything about corruption.”
This, according to Mochoboroane, means that “they have seen that they are ‘corrupt’ and they have failed to stop the insidious corruption within their government”.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications Chief Thesele ’Maseribane said he was happy with the budget speech.
In his views, the budget speech included everybody’s opinions.
He said the budget also catered for different people like the elderly, children, and people in the rural areas as well as the civil servants.

Chief ’Maseribane said Dr Majoro’s speech included construction of roads, water supply and electrification of homes in rural areas.
“Dr Majoro was brave enough to tell Parliament and the Basotho nation at large why the government failed where it did not perform well,” Chief ’Maseribane said.

Thooe Ramolibeli


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