MP’s judgment set for today

MP’s judgment set for today

MASERU – HIGH Court judge Justice Molefi Makara is today expected to deliver judgment in a case in which an MP, Likeleli Tampane, is challenging Parliament’s decision to discipline her.
Tampane, who is the MP for Senqu constituency, was called for a disciplinary hearing before Parliament’s Ethics, Code of Conduct, Immunities and Privileges Committee on July 26.
She did not attend the hearing and instead approached the High Court seeking an order to throw out the charges which she said were trumped up.
Tampane insisted she had not done anything wrong warranting disciplinary action by Parliament.

Earlier she told a local newspaper that she was harassed because she had refused to defect to the Alliance of Democrats (AD) from her Democratic Congress (DC) party.
Tampane is accused of undermining the authority of the Deputy Speaker Teboho Lehloenya when he ordered her to get out of Parliament in May during a heated debate over the wool and mohair dispute.

Tampane was insisting that the House should discuss the wool and mohair regulations which she maintained that the government had gazetted without consulting all stakeholders as is required by the law.

Lehloenya was at the same time insisting on adjourning the House sine die for winter rest, disregarding Tampane’s argument that the wool and mohair matter was urgent.
As the argument heated up, Lehloenya then ordered Tampane out of the House.
She did not do so.

Lehloenya regarded that defiance as an act of undermining his authority.
Tampane’s says she was on her way out of Parliament but was blocked by some MPs.
She was expected to appear before the disciplinary committee in July.

Yesterday the counsel for the Deputy Speaker, Advocate Ranale Thoahlane, told Justice Makara that he had just received evidence that Tampane had finally appeared before the committee.
He said Tampane was before the committee on August 29 and therefore “judgment in this case will be academic”.
He asked that it should be discontinued.

He said he had just received evidence that Tampane had purged.
However, Tampane’s lawyer Attorney Qhalehang Letsika said the defendants did not follow proper procedure while handling the case as they should have used the right channels to report the Tampane appearance before the disciplinary hearing.
“The court should accept something tangible. We should have received a notice on the issue,” Letsika said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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