CONCERNED BASOTHO TO PETITION PM, DPM
Maseru, April.04 –Following the adoption of the Members of Parliament (MPs) Salaries Regulations, 2020 in which each member will get transport allowance which amounts to M5000 per month, a group of Concerned Basotho will on Friday next week hand over their petition to the Prime Minister Dr. Moeketsi Majoro and his deputy Mr. Mathibeli Mokhothu as the Leader of the House at the National Assembly.
This one of the organisers Mr. Sekonyela Molefe disclosed in an interview on Sunday where he said the main core of their petition is for the National Assembly to throw out the said regulation saying this is because it does not benefit Basotho instead it benefits only the MPs who have been elected by the public.
He said it is ironic that the legislators decided to give themselves money yet government had announced during the budget speech presentation that there is no money hence public servants would not get any increment but when it comes to them money is available.
He explained that they have also written letters to political parties in Parliament that claim to be against this saying that they want such parties to sign those letters as their declaration that they will not take the petrol allowances. He added that this is to ensure that they are not only saying that they are against it to buy the public’s faces but to confirm that indeed they do not want the money.
He rubbished allegations that they are pushing agenda of some opposition parties saying they are doing this as Basotho not affiliated to any political party.
Mr. Molefe indicated that they are still awaiting permit from the police saying they have also requested advice from the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) on how best they could deliver the petition whilst still observing the COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, the youth also released a statement against M5000 petrol allowances for Members of Parliament, calling on government to enact the Remuneration of Public Office Bearer Act to provide for a framework for determining the salaries and allowances of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers and Members of the National Assembly and Senate, among others.
On the other hand, Alliance of Democrats through its Secretary General also apologized to the nation for voting for the petrol allowances for MPs in the house earlier this week.
The Secretary General, Dr. Mahali Phamotse said they have realized as a party that it was a mistake as they have now picked up that the money is not for petrol but actually a salary increase for legislators, adding that if it was indeed for petrol, investigations could have been made to find facts about each member’s travelling expenses before it was tabled before the house.
Moreover, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Mahobong No.9, Mr. Mothejoa Metsing also wants a permanent independent commission for parliamentarians benefits. Also Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) has condemned the decision.
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