MASERU — Parliament is set to resume on February 8 with the main agenda on the house’s business being the budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year, the Sunday Express has learnt. Speaker of Parliament, Sephiri Motanyane, said yesterday that although the House has other business to attend to during the Second Meeting of the First Session of the Eighth Parliament “the house will focus mainly on this year’s budget”. “The main business of parliament when it reopens will be the 2013/2014 fiscal year budget to allocate funds to different government ministries,” Motanyane
said. Asked if the budget will be tabled on the same day, Motanyane said the House will “announce the tabling of the budget in due course”.
“There will also be new Bills that will be tabled in the House during this session. You will remember that the main purpose of parliament is to allocate funds and legislate,” Motanyane said.
The 8th Parliament officially convened on August 5, 2012 with an address by King Letsie III. In his address, the King mentioned that the House would among others work on amendments of the Lesotho Passports and Travel Documents Act 1998, Aliens Control Act 1966, Lesotho Citizenship Act 1971, Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1973, Chieftainship Act 1968 and table the Examinations Council Bill.