MP attacks arrogant ministers

MP attacks arrogant ministers

MASERU – AN MP for the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Motebang Koma, has lashed out at “arrogant” government ministers for refusing to answer questions and taking Parliament for granted.

Koma, who is the MP for Koro-koro constituency, said the ministers were failing to provide satisfactory answers to questions raised in the House.
He told Parliament that the lethargic performance by the ministers had resulted in most of the issues that were raised by MPs remaining unattended.
Koma said MPs were tired of raising the same issues and getting empty promises from ministers. As a result, Parliament is burdened by questions that are repeated time and again because MPs are failing to get satisfactory answers.

The opposition broke into laughter, saying Koma’s statement was clear evidence that the government had failed.
But Koma also pointed a finger at the opposition for allegedly failing the electorate when it was still in power.

“I am not only talking to the ministers in charge now. I am also referring to the former ministers because this was also the case with them,” he said.
Koma’s statement was triggered by murmurs from the opposition benches who expressed concern at failure by ministers to convincingly respond to their questions.
Lebakeng MP Semano Sekatle complained in Parliament that the Minister for Finance Dr Moeketsi Majoro was not giving the House satisfactory responses.

“The manner in which the Finance Minister is giving responses shows the House that he never goes to the community to see what we are talking about,” Sekatle said.
But the Deputy Speaker Teboho Lehloenya moved swiftly to defend Majoro, indicating that it was not the minister’s responsibility to go to people as he could delegate such tasks.

Democratic Congress Proportional Representative MP, ‘Mamookho Phiri, pleaded with ministers to visit the villages, meet people and gather information on people’s living conditions.
Such visits, Phiri said, could cure the ignorance exhibited by ministers in Parliament.
“They are just answering for the sake of doing it,” she said.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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