Mochoboroane kicked out of Parliament

Mochoboroane kicked out of Parliament

MASERU – MOVEMENT for Economic Change (MEC) leader, Selibe Mochoboroane, was kicked out of parliament on Tuesday for garrulously insisting that ministers must attend sessions. Mochoboroane was annoyed by the absence of certain ministers in parliament when the House was discussing their proposed budgets.

He wanted the Minister of Trade Tefo Mapesela, Labour Minister Keketso Rantšo, Communications Minister Thesele ’Maseribane and Law Minister Lebohang Hlaele to be present when their proposed budgets were being discussed.
The ministers are in Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s entourage to Rwanda on official duty.
Mochoboroane said he only spared Foreign Affairs Minister Lesego Makgothi because travelling abroad is part of his daily job.
“I don’t understand why a minister should not come to parliament to present his budget even if there are other commitments outside the country,” Mochoboroane said.

“In my understanding their main job is in this House when it is time to allocate funds for their ministries. They cannot leave just like that.”
The Thabana-Morena MP argued that the ministers should prioritise coming to the House because it is well known that everybody suspends whatever they are doing to concentrate on the budget allocation.
The Deputy Speaker Teboho Lehloenya told him to sit down but Mochoboroane wanted to make his point, arguing that the ministers must come or else their proposals should be skipped.

Lehloenya ordered him to get out of the House, which he did before a sergeant-at-arms could be instructed to drag him out.
All Movement for Economic Change (MEC) MPs also left parliament after their leader’s expulsion.
The MEC MPs are Tšepang Tšita-Mosena, Thabo Ramatla, ‘Maseoehla Ntlama, Pheane Ntshihele, and Mantsíuoa Mosothoane also left in solidarity.
After Mochoboroane left Democratic Congress spokesman Serialong Qoo tried to continue his argument but he too was threatened with expulsion.

Mochoboroane went back to parliament on Wednesday but for a short time as he had other commitments at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which he chairs. In recent weeks Mochoboroane has used his position in the PAC to expose the rot in various government ministries and departments.
On two occasions he instructed the police to lock up government officials he accused of misleading his committee.

Staff Reporter

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