Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Sephiri Motanyane says Minister of Finance will deliver 2020/2021 Budget speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday next week.

In his welcoming remarks during the re-opening of the National Assembly from the Christmas break on Friday, Mr. Motanyane said the budget speech will be aired live on both state radio and Lesotho Television.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Mr. Nkaku Kabi tabled subordinate laws on drug abuse (Cannabis) regulations 2019, while Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Mokhele Moletsane also tabled Lesotho Passports and Travel Documents (Fees) regulations 2019, as well as the Lesotho Citizenship (Amendment of schedule) Regulations, 2019.

Again, the Minister of Finance, Dr Moeketsi Majoro tabled Financial Institutions (Payment of Expenses for Examinations) Regulations, 2019 and all mentioned were referred to the relevant portfolio committees.

The re-opening of the National Assembly was also graced by the presence of members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union Parliamentarians members, who are currently holding their 18th Regional Meeting thus the (Southern Africa) Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Maseru from February 20th to 22nd February, 2020.

These members include; Mr. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono from Cameroon, Mr. Leonard-Emile Ognimba who is the head of delegation from Congo-Brazzaville, Mr. Salmao Hose Luheto Xirimbimbi from Angola, Mr. Molebatsi Shomane from Botswana, Mr. Jomo Mfanawemakhosi Dlamini from eSwatini.

Others were Mr. Tsoinyane Samuel Rapapa who is a member representing Lesotho. Mr. Henry Chimunthu Banda from Malawi, Mr. D.E. Dlakude from South Africa, Mr. Elias Mutale Mwila from Zambia as well as Lieutenant Nyambuya from Zimbabwe.

The European Union (EU) delegation included Co-president from Portugal, Mr. Carlos Zorrinho, Head of delegation Co-Secretary General from Sweden, Mr. Jesper Huglud, Mr. Gheorghe Falca from Romania and Mr. Gyogy Holvent and Mr. Marton Gyonggyosi both from Hungary.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Monyane Moleleki and other coalition government partners Chief Thesele Maseribane and Mrs. Keketso Rants’o.

Source: LENA 21/02/2020

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