Parliament in 2015

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Following its conclusion of business for the year 2014 on the 12th December, Parliament is set to sit around the beginning of February in what is commonly referred to as the budget session.

Many questions were asked by Members of Parliament (MPs) to government ministers, three themes discussed, two Bills passed, one deferred, one motion withdrawn, one negated and one adopted. Most importantly, in the 1st meeting of the 1st session of the 11th, Parliament approved over P2.4 billion as supplementary budget and extended the National Development Plan No 10 by a year.  Several interesting motions were deferred and will make part of the next session lively.

This week and next week, most MPs are at their constituencies doing consultations. These usually include but not limited to courtesy calls and or meetings with their local leaders such as Council Chairpersons/Mayors, councillors, Council Secretaries/Town Clerks, Police Station Commanders and Commanding Officers, Heads of Local and Government Departments, District Health Teams and many others. Consultations extend to the private sector, trade unions and employers organisations and culminate with the holding of Kgotla meetings where constituents can interact with their MPs, councillors and other leaders.

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