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The National Assembly adjourned on Thursday until November 11 this year to afford the portfolio committees time to undertake oversight work and consider bills and subordinate laws. 

This was after Leader of the House, and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mothetjoa Metsing had proposed the motion before the House.

Speaking over the motion, Mr. Metsing said he proposed for the House to adjourn until Friday November 11 at 9.00 to afford the portfolio committees time to sit between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m, to undertake the oversight work and consider bills and subordinate laws referred and finalise their reports for tabling in the house.

He said the business committee had met on Thursday morning to discuss the motion and agreed for the house to adjourn.

The Leader of the House reminded the members that the National Assembly closed late for the winter break due to the work that was still pending hence it had to reopen earlier than its time table which is in November.

“This is how the portfolio committees are still busy with their work on the table and the adjournment will allow these committees to speed up the work,” he commented. 

He was seconded by Member of Parliament for Butha Buthe Constituency No. 05, Mr. Motlohi Maliehe who said the motion was procedural and there was nothing much to debate about it in order to allow the portfolio committees to undertake oversight work.

The motion was unanimously passed by the house.

Meanwhile, the house also adopted the Local Government (Amendment) BILL, 2016 whose objective is to regularise the extension of Community Councilors whose term of office ended on October 01, after the political leaders and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) agreed to postpone the Local Government elections as they clashed with the country's 50 years of Independence celebration until March next year.

The National Assembly had reopened on October 07 from the Winter break.

Source: LENA 13/10/2016

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