Our con­sti­tu­tion should reign supreme

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IN re­sponse to “MPS in bit­ter row over poll pact” ( Le­sotho Times, Oc­to­ber 30), un­like the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion where ab­so­lute power is vested in a sin­gle per­son over and above the en­tire na­tion, I want to con­cur with the view that con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers must be limited to in­sti­tu­tional bod­ies such as par­lia­ment, cab­i­net, the se­nate and state coun­cil.

De­spite the con­ven­tions that we have rat­i­fied as a coun­try, the United Na­tions, African Union and the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity must come to terms with the fact that Le­sotho is an in­de­pen­dent coun­try and must be treated as such.

Noth­ing will ever su­per­sede our con­sti­tu­tion or pow­ers that our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans have in run­ning the af­fairs of this coun­try.

We re­ally need to have a very ro­bust con­sti­tu­tional de­bate and re­forms not be­cause South Africa’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa or New Zealand feel like it but be­cause Le­sotho and Ba­sotho need them.

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