A New Week, A New Loony Po­lit­i­cal Party

Lesotho Times - - Scrutator -

aNOtHer week and a new po­lit­i­cal party. Of course this is Le­sotho. a coun­try in which pol­i­tics is seen as the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional en­deav­our and quick­est road to riches.

the new kids on the scene are call­ing them­selves the re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (rCL). they claim to be a splin­ter from the Le­sotho Congress for democ­racy (LCd), which ap­par­ently de­serves the moniker of be­ing Le­sotho’s party of splin­ters. he tragedy of course is that, at the rate at which Ba­sotho love splin­ter­ing and form­ing new po­lit­i­cal par­ties, we run the real risk of end­ing up hav­ing more po­lit­i­cal par­ties than cit­i­zens to support th­ese par­ties. We are a small na­tion of less than two mil­lion (at least as far as one can in­tel­li­gi­bly es­ti­mate our pop­u­la­tion since suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have proved in­ept to or­ga­nize a sim­ple cen­sus to count our small pop­u­la­tion).

If you take into ac­count that the majority of cit­i­zens (over 51 per­cent) are chil­dren, oth­ers sub adults, while a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber are gen­er­ally ap­a­thetic; it leaves very few Ba­sotho who can ac­tu­ally support our ubiq­ui­tous po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions.

Yet this does not stop us from form­ing new largely aim­less par­ties ev­ery week. We shall as well end up with ev­ery Mosotho hav­ing their owned po­lit­i­cal party.

Of course, the rCL, like many other in­signif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions, is a road to nowhere. In fact, it should not be worth notic­ing or writ­ing about in this right­eous col­umn.

But thanks to our gen­er­ous po­lit­i­cal sys­tem; don’t be sur­prised if the rCL lands a sin­gle or two pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion seats. the leader of the party, who is yet to emerge, and his con­cu­bine or her Ben 10, will then sit in our es­teemed Na­tional assem­bly.

they will sip rooi­bos tea, drink bot­tled wa­ter, and draw a par­lia­men­tary salary, be­com­ing the envy of many and a source of en­cour­age­ment for Ba­sotho to form more par­ties.

It is prob­a­bly the knowl­edge that any­one form­ing a po­lit­i­cal party can get a Pr seat by merely per­suad­ing a few herd-boys in his area to vote for him or her that spurs Ba­sotho into hav­ing more po­lit­i­cal par­ties in this tiny coun­try than the United states, United King­dom, Ger­many, France, Italy and switzer­land com­bined.

the cit­i­zens of th­ese wealth coun­tries, that partly pay our bud­get through their do­na­tions, of course know there is much more to life than pol­i­tics.

their coun­tries are mega-wealthy be­cause they have more en­trepreneurs than politi­cians.

If Ba­sotho form­ing th­ese par­ties did not take them too se­ri­ously, their en­deav­ours would be much more laugh­able than tragic. Wit­ness for in­stance the loony names of some of the re­cently formed par­ties like the egal­i­tar­ian so­cial­ist Party, Palico and the rev­o­lu­tion­ary al­liance for democ­racy (rad).

some of the par­ties are in­spired by Univer­sity stu­dents who have not worked a day in their lives and have not had an op­por­tu­nity to bud­get their own salaries. How do they then ex­pect to take charge of na­tional cof­fers? I am sure we can only spec­u­late on their ne­far­i­ous am­bi­tions.

ru­mours that Mophato Monyake’s so called Pro­gres­sive democrats party is strug­gling to meet the IeC’s thresh­old re­quire­ment to prove it has at least 500 mem­bers for reg­is­tra­tion is am­ple tes­ti­mony of the fu­til­ity of form­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties just for the sake of it.

re­mem­ber this is the same party formed on the Looney tunes agenda of de­cen­tral­iz­ing power so that the herd-boys in Mokhot­long can have a chance to have their own re­gional par­lia­ment and gov­ern­ment. nother po­lit­i­cal party also claim­ing to have splin­tered from the LCd is strangely chris­tened the Ba­sotho align­ment Party (BaP). the Ba­sotho Na­tional Party should rightly feel ag­grieved at this unashamed at­tempt to pla­gia­rize their name.

the BaP’s so called spokesman, tu­misang Mononela, says his party wants to form coali­tions with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the re­gion mainly Julius Malema’s equally loony eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (eFF).

any­one who ad­mires fat boy Malema needs to have their heads ex­am­ined. so much is made of the fact that Malema won about a mil­lion votes in south africa’s gen­eral elec­tions ear­lier this year. ny­one who un­der­stands the ba­sic law of av­er­ages and prob­a­bil­i­ties will know that in coun­try of south africa’s gi­gan­tic pop­u­la­tion of 52 mil­lion peo­ple, it is pos­si­ble to have at least a mil­lion fools sup­port­ing a per­son like Malema.

But with only two mil­lion Ba­sotho, and with ev­ery­one want­ing to have their own po­lit­i­cal party, I am not sure the BaP will have any fools to back their agenda of em­u­lat­ing Malema.

While he was in the aNC, Malema ad­vo­cated in­sane whole­sale na­tion­al­i­sa­tion poli­cies of all mines, banks and other key com­pa­nies.

at no point did he ever con­sider that his then fel­low aNC cadres, who strug­gle with sim­ple tasks like is­su­ing birth cer­tifi­cates and IDs to their cit­i­zens, can­not ef­fec­tively run a com­plex mine or fi­nan­cial ser­vices business.

after be­ing kicked out of the aNC, Malema has be­come even wack­ier in ad­vo­cat­ing his silly na­tion­al­i­sa­tion agenda. He even wants all Jse listed com­pa­nies na­tion­alised.

so if the un­think­able were to hap­pen and your BaP comes to power, what are you go­ing to na­tion­alise in Le­sotho Mr Mononela, in pur­suit of the eFF agenda?

We can only hope it will be all car wash busi­nesses since there are not much sig­nif­i­cant en­ter­prises here. this is all not to say that Ba­sotho should not be­come po­lit­i­cal an­i­mals and ex­er­cise their con­sti­tu­tional rights to form po­lit­i­cal par­ties. In fact it is a good thing that Ba­sotho like pol­i­tics and go to vote.

the big­gest prob­lem is that most of th­ese par­ties are formed just for the sake of it with no un­der­ly­ing pro­gres­sive phi­los­o­phy to take this coun­try for­ward. ake for in­stance the re­ported words of one Le­bo­hang Khoanyane of the rCL on why they formed the break-away rCL party. the rCL “will kill off the LCd, re­store the dig­nity of the un­learned, and fight for eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion.”

Upon read­ing this agenda of the new party, I could only ask God to help us.

this is a prime ex­am­ple of a po­lit­i­cal party formed for all the wrong rea­sons.

so if you ex­ist to kill off the LCd, what hap­pens when the LCd is dead? Won’t there still be big­ger par­ties to con­tend with Mr Khoanyane?

and how does your lu­di­crous po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tion go about “restor­ing the dig­nity of the un­learned” and achiev­ing “eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion”.

Who do you ex­actly hope to eman­ci­pate the econ­omy from? Who is cur­rently re­strain­ing it?

In­stead of form­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties, mostly led by non-en­tity in­di­vid­u­als, my sug­ges­tion is for Ba­sotho to try and swell the ranks of the cur­rent main po­lit­i­cal par­ties and seek pol­icy and lead­er­ship re­newal where this is badly needed like in the demo­cratic Congress (dC). e are bet­ter off with two large po­lit­i­cal par­ties, like they have in the United states, or three ma­jor par­ties at most, in­ter­chang­ing power on the ba­sis of an elec­toral sys­tem based on a sim­ple majority re­quire­ment to form gov­ern­ment. Our long-winded and con­fus­ing mixed mem­ber pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tem is go­ing to keep us in the dol­drums.

What a huge pity that our politi­cians did not ag­i­tate for the over­haul of our elec­toral sys­tem be­fore the Fe­bru­ary 28, 2015 elec­tions.

as I have warned be­fore, our elec­toral sys­tem, which is overly gen­er­ous to any tšepiso, tšepang and tu­misang po­lit­i­cal par­ties will almost guar­an­tee us another coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

this will in turn guar­an­tee more pol­i­tick­ing and squab­bling at the ex­pense of the much needed co­her­ent na­tional de­vel­op­ment agenda.

the fewer po­lit­i­cal par­ties we have, the bet­ter. In the Usa, a na­tion of 300 mil­lion plus peo­ple,

Wpower is changed be­tween the democrats and the repub­li­cans as of­ten as pos­si­ble. hy should Le­sotho with a pop­u­la­tion 298 times less have more politi­cians than this most de­vel­oped coun­try in the world? Ba­sotho should stop their ob­ses­sion with pol­i­tics as a main source of liv­ing.

Let’s have more en­trepreneurs than politi­cians.

Let’s have more ed­u­ca­tors than politi­cians. Let’s us pro­duce more en­gi­neers than politi­cians.

Let’s pro­duce more in­no­va­tors, It tech­ni­cians and soft­ware de­vel­op­ers than politi­cians. that’s the only way to move this coun­try for­ward.

scru­ta­tor is en­cour­aged by this week’s joint march be­tween mem­bers of the Le­sotho de­fence Force (LdF) and the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice ser­vice (LMPs) in a show of unity to re­store nor­mal re­la­tions be­tween them.

With our small time ter­ror­ist out of the way, shuf­fled to some ob­scure des­ti­na­tion where he should hope­fully melt in africa’s trop­i­cal heat, this surely ought to be a good op­por­tu­nity to bring san­ity to our se­cu­rity or­gans. y only wish is for tlali Kamoli never to grace our shores again, ex­cept if it will be for an­swer­ing for the mur­der and may­hem he per­pe­trated against in­no­cent and peace loving Ba­sotho. the coun­try is bet­ter off with­out this scum­bag.

the LMPs and the LdF are ex­pected to sign a peace deal this week. Of course this can only hap­pen in Le­sotho.

Where else in this world have you ever seen the army and po­lice clus­ters of one coun­try sign­ing a peace agree­ment to work to­gether and end hos­til­i­ties, acts that should hap­pen nat­u­rally by virtue of their mu­tual obli­ga­tions to pro­vide se­cu­rity to cit­i­zens. his is all very strange. But if it can as­sist in bring­ing peace into our be­lea­guered se­cu­rity clus­ter and give us a sense of se­cu­rity, so be it.

I was deeply wor­ried last week that new act­ing army boss Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo had re­port­edly de­fied cer­tain or­ders and was es­sen­tially fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his dis­graced for­mer boss Kamoli.

If there is one thing Le­sotho needs and needs very fast. It is to abol­ish Kamoli’s legacy of im­punity, law­less­ness and crass stu­pid­ity.

We need lead­ers in the se­cu­rity clus­ter who re­spect the rule of law and owe al­le­giance to the cit­i­zens of this na­tion. Kamoli saw him­self as a law unto him­self.

Let him rot wher­ever he has been posted and Ba­sotho must uri­nate over the heads of any politi­cians who may want to bring and en­sconce him back at the LdF.



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