MASERU – Business in parliament had to be adjourned two weeks ago after the House failed to form a quorum.
Out of the 120 Members of Parliament (MPs) only 28 legislators were in attendance during the ill-fated Friday.
The deputy speaker of the National Assembly Sephiri Motanyane had to adjourn business to last Monday.
Motanyane said MPs had a duty to attend parliamentary sessions unless they had sought prior permission from his office.
The deputy speaker said MPs appeared only interested in getting their daily allowances and immediately disappear after doing so.
Lesotho Times reporter Nthabeleng Lerotholi went on the streets of Maseru to ask people what they think about the MPs errant behaviour.
Mohlomi Matsoso: Our MPs are only interested in getting the allowances and salaries for personal benefit. I do not understand why they should go to the communities (during election campaign time) to make promises on issues that they cannot fulfil. They are only interested in making it to parliament so that they can benefit.
Moipone Ntaote: I think it is not fair for them to continue to get those allowances when they are failing to attend parliamentary sessions. They do not deserve to get those allowances. The government should use those allowances to develop or infrastructure. The money could best be used to help orphans buy school uniforms.
Mabusetsa Kose: It is certainly not fair at all. These MPs should not be given anything if they do not want to work. The money should be put to better use.
Ntahli Moteka: There are a lot of needy people around the country who could benefit from the money that is being given to the truant MPs. If they fail to attend sessions they should not be paid. We need them to address issues that concern us. If they fail to represent us then who will do so?
Belina Moroka: I really do not care whether they attend parliamentary sessions or not. They have all failed to articulate issues concerning the youth. For example, there are not enough recreational facilities in our country and this issue needs to be addressed at parliamentary level.
Lebohang Malahleha: You cannot be elected a leader and then put yourself first. This is an anachronism. There is a saying in Sesotho which says: ‘Marabe o jeoa ke bana.’ The MPs should act like parents and act in the interest of the people.
Tanki Monnye: We all know that MPs do not like attending parliamentary sessions. I think they should get paid on the basis of their attendance in parliament. We should all proceed on the basis of the principle: ‘No work, no pay.’ This should also apply to MPs.
Tebello Seboka: MPs are not employed elsewhere. Being an MP is a full-time job. It should therefore be easy to insist that they all attend parliamentary sessions. If they do not comply they should be prepared to suffer the consequences.