Let’s forge our own path

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THE main world po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies are cap­i­tal­ism, which em­pow­ers lead­ers in gov­er­nance and their favourites to mo­nop­o­lise state re­sources and aban­don the masses of the peo­ple who work hard to build the econ­omy of the coun­try.

On the other hand, com­mu­nism is premised on the dis­tri­bu­tion of the state econ­omy to ben­e­fit all cit­i­zens with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion.

After the ap­par­ent fail­ure of cap­i­tal­ism and com­mu­nism to func­tion as ex­pected for sev­eral decades, other po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gists in­tro­duced a new mixed sys­tem of both cap­i­tal­ism and com­mu­nism called so­cial­ism op­er­at­ing in neu­tral states which were not aligned to com­mu­nist or cap­i­tal­ist blocs.

The orig­i­nal ide­olo­gies of capi- tal­ism and com­mu­nism spread all over the world like wild fire un­til it was ab­sorbed in Africa par­tic­u­larly our coun­try Le­sotho where they were un­der the banner of congress (com­mu­nism) and na­tional (cap­i­tal­ism) par­ties.

It is a his­tor­i­cal fact that our el­ders lived in com­mu­nity of the re­sources at their dis­posal so that no one would be re­garded the rich­est or poor­est but ev­ery­one was ex­pected or en­cour­aged to work and pro­duce for the ben­e­fit of all ex­cept young chil­dren, the old or in­valids.

In other words, we were us­ing the so­cial­ist ide­ol­ogy even though we did not know the Western cap­i­tal­ism or East­ern com­mu­nism.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of th­ese for­eign ide­olo­gies, the na­tion was torn apart after in­de­pen­dence re­sult­ing in what is nowa­days re­ferred to as the im­pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tion of metsi le oli (wa­ter and oil) in ver­nac­u­lar ex­pres­sion.

It is some­what im­pos­si­ble to mix wa­ter and oil as the an­tag­o­nism of Ba­sotho na­tion­als has been in­flu­enced by for­eign­ers with their se­cret agents es­pe­cially from the Western bloc.

Com­pared to other African na­tions es­pe­cially in the south, Ba­sotho were not con­quered and thus do not adore white peo­ple as they com­pete with them mil­i­tar­ily and aca­dem­i­cally.

In or­der to de­mor­alise us, the op­pres­sors did all in their power to utilise neigh­bour­ing states to stran­gle us eco­nom­i­cally till we sur­ren­dered since they ac­cused us of be­ing ob­sti­nate.

Like Is­rael in the Mid­dle East, the more they tried to sab­o­tage us the more we unite as we have now reached the end road.

Whether the dis­hon­est colo­nial masters be­stow royal ti­tles and eco­nomic as­sis­tance to our brother coun­tries they have failed, they are fail­ing and they will fail to de­mol­ish Le­sotho and Ba­sotho es­pe­cially nowa­days that we are hav­ing more learned and qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als. Our coun­try, like Is­rael, boasts of qual­ity in ev­ery sec­tor of the na­tion not quan­tity.

I fi­nally ad­vice our na­tion to re­lin­quish the idea of the wa­ter and oil for­eign strat­egy and re­sort to unity with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion which was our fore­fa­thers’ slo­gan as that will break the im­passe of pro­ro­ga­tion and open­ing of the na­tional assem­bly. Long live Le­sotho, long live Ba­sotho.

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