Dearth of leadership Lesotho’s undoing
WE need to elect people who have Basotho and Lesotho’s interests at heart. Currently, our country is characterised by a heartless, greedy, self-centred, corrupt and illdisciplined leadership.
These individuals maliciously use their positions to fraudulently enrich themselves and their friends with the nation’s finite resources, thereby taking Lesotho a few steps back as far as development is concerned.
In their political campaigns, the following techniques dominate:
Deceit: The poor, less informed and gullible people, especially in the rural areas, are easy targets of this technique.
The misleading information and propaganda is disseminated to the hapless populace. This is mainly via radio stations which ironically claim professionalism.
For instance, why should a chief actively involved in politics criti- cise other chiefs when they do the same?
Rural areas-based Basotho are the most disadvantaged group.
Enticement: Financially-challenged, influential businessmen and individuals are bribed with tenders and jobs to ensure support. As the country gets poorer, these individuals become richer and always ready to support the campaigns of their allies. Upon closer inspection, it is difficult to draw a margin between this group and foreign businessmen who are in Lesotho just to make money and going back to their countries of origin upon fulfilling their missions.
Intimidation: Cowards and weaklings are bullied and as a result become dormant politically. This group usually complains but at the wrong platforms such as behind closed doors and in a passive manner.
Surprisingly, the country has experts from different fields to put an end to this terrible prevailing situation. However, they are as good as absent. The begging question then becomes; is Lesotho’s problem a lack of patriotic or visionary citizens?