No substitute for constitution
A KEY question begging a response since the collapse of the May 2012 political pact dubbed, the Coalition Agreement (CA), which governed the way the parties would jointly govern Lesotho, is what did the pact say regarding how this nation was to be governed.
From most of Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing’s prononcements, who is also leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD)’S pronouncements, since he and his party started their public campaign against Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, it seems the premier was supposed to be a mere window-dresser whilst someone else, presumably Mr Metsing, runs the show.
If these were the terms of their agreement, then can Mr Metsing do Basotho a favour by giving us all the details regarding the agreement?
Maybe we would then understand why he demanded to have the final say in all the decisions Dr Thabane made.
As far as we are concerned, most of us see a prime minister who is carrying out his constitutional duties according to the laws of the country. As a result, a lot of Basotho were puzzled as to why Mr Metsing was crying foul at each and every turn.
The other begging question is if indeed the CA gave the powers which constitutionally reside with the prime minister to the deputy premier, then was it Mr Metsing’s position that the constitution be suspended in favour of the CA?
In short, which of the two must be subordinate between the CA and this nation’s constitution?
Common sense dictates that the Constitution is supreme. Hence any other piece of paper by whatever name that contradicts the Constitution is the one that is null and void.
I am not
a lawyer but this my understanding of what a Constitutions is — It is the overriding legal document.
In short, by persistently referring to a flawed document, assuming his proclamations are true, the Mr Metsing simply showed his lack of appreciation — or worse still lack of respect — of t the supremacy the constitution; which i is a serious indictment on himself and his party.
Deputy prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.