The Clerk of the National Assembly is the senior-most serving officer in the National Assembly. He sits at a table below the Speaker’s chair. The Clerk has a Deputy and is also assisted by a staff of Table Clerks. There is also staff of the Library, the Hansard Section, the Administration Section, the Accounts Section and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms.
Functions of Clerk of the National Assembly
The functions of the Clerk of the National Assembly include the following:
- Principal adviser to the Speaker and members of the National Assembly on rules, practices and procedures of Parliament
- Chief Accounting Officer of the National Assembly
- Administering the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance
- Keeping and circulating minutes of the proceedings of the House and its committees
- Preparing and circulating the daily agenda (Order Paper) of the business of the House
- Maintaining a record of votes, records, bills and other documents of the House
- Production of the official report of all speeches made in the House (Hansard)
- Providing clerks for other committees of the House
The Clerk of the National Assembly also has overall responsibility for Table Clerks, the Library, the Hansard Section, the Human Resource Section, the Administration Section and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms.
Clerk of the National Assembly: Advocate Lebohang Fine Maema.
Deputy Clerk of National Assembly: Ms Libuseng Majoro.
THE CLERK OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY'S PROFILE
ADV. LEBOHANG FINE MAEMA KC
Advocate Lebohang Fine Maema KC was born on the 22nd July, 1957 in Maseru, Lesotho. He is a graduate of the National University of Lesotho, B. A. Law (1980) and LL.B (1982) and a graduate of Cambridge University (Selwyn College) LL. M (1984) UK. He is an Advocate of the High Court and Court of Appeal of Lesotho (1982). He is also the First Kings Counsel (KC) appointed by His Majesty the King in 2005.
In 1984-1987 Adv. Maema was Lecturer-in-law at the National University of Lesotho. He then was appointed Deputy Private Secretary to His Majesty King Moshoeshoe II (1987) and later promoted to Private Secretary to the King. In March 1990 he was appointed Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Justice was later promoted to the position of Attorney General in 1993-2005, a position he held for twelve (12) years. As Attorney General, Adv. Maema was the Principal Legal Advisor to Government and was Ex-officio Member of Parliament (National Assembly and Senate), Member of Council of State, Member of the Judicial Service Commission and Member of the Law Reform Commission.
In 1998 he was honoured with the conferment of the title of Commander of the Most Meritorious Order of Mohlomi (CMMOM) and is a Cambridge Livingstone Scholar.
In September 2005 – February 2009, Adv. Maema was appointed Lesotho’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In April 2009 – August 2011, he was appointed Lesotho’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU). He was also High Commissioner to the Republics of Kenya and Uganda.
Following his retirement from diplomatic service in 2011, Adv. Maema practiced as an Advocate and Consultant. In February, 2013, he was appointed Clerk to the National Assembly. He is the Chief Accounting Officer, Head of Administration and chief advisor to the Rt. Hon. Speaker and Hon. Deputy Speaker on legislative and procedural matters.