Dearth of lead­er­ship Le­sotho’s un­do­ing

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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?

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