A New Week, A New Loony Political Party
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.