NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDING
Members of Parliament (MPS) took a familiarisation tour of
the new parliament building at the top of Mpilo Hill in
Maseru on Tuesday.
The seemingly excited MPS toured all the offices which
include that of the Prime Minister and of the Speaker of the
National Assembly among others where they expressed their
In an interview, chief whip Mr. Thabang Pheko said the
purpose of the familiarisation tour was for the members to
see the progress that has been made thus far, saying that
they are impressed.
On the other hand, the leader of the Lesotho Workers Party (LWP)
Mr. Macaefa Billy also expressed joy with the new parliament
building, saying it is situated at an ideal place with a
good view of the city and this he added is likely to change
members way of thinking.
Furthermore, Mr. Serialong Qoo who is a member of Parliament
for Malingoaneng constituency said he is very impressed
noting that it is even more fulfilling to realise that the
seating capacity has increased substantially.
Mr. Lesenyeho Ramalitse, Senior Technical Officer from the
Ministry of Public Works and Transport said the construction
work has been completed and that the contractor is now left
with landscaping and Parade Square, which he said will take
about a month to complete.
He said among many things which this modern parliament
building will have is the statue of Paramount chief Griffith
Lerotholi who contributed a lot in the country's democratic
Mr. Ramalitse said the building is constructed in such way
that will withstand earthquakes and strong winds.
Furniture is being supplied and installed in many of the
The Senate building will be constructed separately with all
the facilities required which will be similar to those of
the National Assembly.
The new parliament building is a donation from the Chinese
government which has paid up to M85 million for its
construction while Lesotho government paid between M30 to
The money from the government was used to construct access
roads, connect water, telephones and electricity as well as
levelling the site in preparation for the construction.
It is a five storey building and the National Assembly has a
seating capacity of 240 while 80 seats are for the public
gallery. There are also monitors in the National Assembly in
which the pictures of members are displayed while they are
The National assembly is designed like a traditional
roundavel or Basotho hat.
Other recreational facilities will also be constructed as
well as a parliamentary village near the building.
Source: LENA 23/03/2010