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Senate of the Kingdom of Lesotho

 

The senate is the upper house in Lesotho’s bicameral Parliamentary democracy. The Lesotho Parliament is established under section 54 of the Constitution and comprises of: The King, the Senate and the National Assembly. The Senate is composed of twenty-two (22) Principal Chiefs and eleven (11) other members who are nominated by the King, on the advice of the Council of State.

The Primary Constitutional role of the Senate is to examine and review draft Legislation/Bills passed and referred to it by the National Assembly. Senate does not initiate Legislation. Another key function of the House is to have an oversight over the executive. Senators are also tasked to scrutinize appropriation of public funds and they are traditional representatives of the citizens of the Country.

In accordance with Standing Orders, the Senate sits from Tuesdays to Thursdays, commencing at 10:30 am every week, and meets as often as necessary in order to take care of Parliamentary business. Mondays and Fridays are office and travel days for Senators, except in the busier periods. This enables Senators to live in their respective wards and homes among the people they represent in Parliament.

 

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