For the second time in a row, Mrs. 'Mamonaheng Mokitimi has been elected President of the Senate during the opening of the Senate on November 3 2022.
Nov. 3, 2022
BY GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
2 min read
Mokitimi elected second time President of Senate
Mrs Mokitimi elected second time President of Lesotho’s House of Senate
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She was elected with 19 votes against 11 of Principal Chief of Mats'ekha, Honourable Peete Lesaoana Peete who had issued letter of resignation, thus appointing Honourable Elias Peete on his behalf while Mr. Hlomohang Morokole, former Vice President of the house obtained three votes.
Chief Peete Lesaoana Peete, despite having resigned to facilitate his eligibility to contest the seat of Senate President, will resume his ordinary seat as Senate member after losing elections.
Following her election, Honourable Mokitimi took oath before Advocate Ts’eliso Molise, the Clerk of the Senate and his team, while other Senators as well as the public witnessed this auspicious event.
In her acceptance speech, Honourable Mokitimi said serving the Senate for the second term was an indication that the house had trust in her, and said that together they had won and faced challenges in solidarity during the previous session of the 10th Parliament.
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In line with the constitution, she swore to continue to deliver to the best of her abilities. She thanked Senators, her family and all who stood with her against all odds, saying the position of a President goes along with taking huge responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s proceedings also saw swearing-in of the 33 members of the Senate, some of whom have been appointed by His Majesty based on their skills. Namely: Chieftainess 'Maphakiso Lebona, Chieftainess 'Makholu Moshoeshoe, as well as Honourables: Neo Moteane, Richard Ramoeletsi, Limpho Tau, Seabata Motsamai, 'Mawinnie Kanetsi, 'Mabataung Patricia Mokhathali, Leboea Khoaele, Sehloho Henry Motsamai and Dr. Thabiso Lebese.
The Senate resumed its duties in line with Legal Notice No. 69 of 22, pursuant to section 82 (1) of the Constitution of Lesotho.