At­tack on Mets­ing driven by envy

Lesotho Times - - Leader - Mamello mor­ri­son

IT’S still a long road be­fore nor­malcy re­turns to the blighted re­la­tion­ship be­tween our once ven­er­a­ble Le­sotho de­fence Force (LDF) and Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS). But the steps taken so far by act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ma­supha Ma­supha and act­ing LDF Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo are deeply en­cour­ag­ing. We can only en­cour­age th­ese two seem­ingly level-headed gen­tle­men to keep do­ing more. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of build­ing bridges to foster en­dur­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween th­ese two vi­tal arms of state se­cu­rity now rests on their shoul­ders.

But their suc­cess de­pends on how much they can rally the rank and file in their se­cu­rity seg­ments be­hind their ef­forts. The idea to con­vene last week’s peace march was a noble one. So is the decision by Ma­jor Gen­eral Motšo­motšo to re­turn to the LMPS weapons seized by the LDF dur­ing the lat­ter’s vile 30 au­gust 2014 raids on sev­eral po­lice sta­tions around Maseru.

Many po­lice of­fi­cers boy­cotted the peace march be­cause they are still dis­trust­ful of their LDF coun­ter­parts. Many don’t be­lieve the sol­diers are sin­cere in their ef­forts after the ab­hor­rent or­deal they put the LMPS through. It is over­com­ing this dis­com­fort and dis­trust among the rank and file mem­bers of both the po­lice and army that is ul­ti­mately crit­i­cal. It goes with­out say­ing that the LDF bears the big­gest re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing the restora­tion of trust be­tween its sol­diers and the po­lice. It’s the LDF that is re­spon­si­ble for all the de­spi­ca­ble ac­tions that plunged this King­dom into cri­sis. all be­cause their then com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli could not tol­er­ate his le­gal and le­git­i­mate dis­missal from his post.

Kamoli’s ab­sence from the coun­try pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to re­verse his un­for­tu­nate legacy. This of course will re­quire much more than a peace march and the re­turn of weapons. The crux lies in how Ma­supha and Motšo­motšo are, in the ab­sence of Kamoli, able to mo­bilise and con­sci­en­tize their of­fi­cers in po­lice and mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline. Un­less there is a clear and def­i­nite un­der­stand­ing by serv­ing of­fi­cers that dis­ci­pline is the essence of their craft. and that they owe their al­le­giance to the State and its cit­i­zens, and not to the whims and caprices of who­ever is at their com­mand or to feud­ing politi­cians, then the stale­mate be­tween the two se­cu­rity seg­ments will never be truly ex­punged. The of­fi­cers will never fully dis­charge their pro­fes­sional roles.

It’s so deeply un­ac­cept­able that the po­lice and army jet­ti­son their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to en­sure the se­cu­rity of the state in favour of tak­ing sides with po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions. If of­fi­cers want to join pol­i­tics, they must re­lin­quish their uni­forms first. That the army and po­lice force of any na­tion go to war be­tween them­selves, to the prej­u­dice of the very state they are sup­posed to pro­tect, is un­prece­dented in the civ­i­lized world. Which is why Le­sotho has be­come a laugh­ing stock of the world and no­body in the wider world, ex­cept our im­me­di­ate gi­ant neigh­bour, which can­not af­ford to see chaos here, is tak­ing us se­ri­ously. In fact, we have been a butt of jokes from news­pa­per com­men­ta­tors mock­ing us for hit­ting the news head­lines only over aids and coups.

any self-re­spect­ing na­tion want to be known for qual­ity so­cial progress in achiev­ing solid eco­nomic fun­da­men­tals and fos­ter­ing bet­ter lives for its cit­i­zens. ev­ery self-re­spect­ing na­tion wants to be in the news for in­no­va­tions that change the world for the bet­ter. Men­tion Ger­many and the Mercedes Benz and BMW brands im­me­di­ately spring to mind. Men­tion South Korea and Sam­sung, LG, dae­woo and other high notch in­no­va­tions spring to mind. Men­tion amer­ica and the name Ford is the first to con­jure up.

But what comes to a for­eigner’s mind when Le­sotho is men­tioned. Noth­ing. It’s bad enough to be­come prom­i­nent for only hav­ing one of the high­est HIV preva­lence rates. But it’s tragic to get in the news be­cause the po­lice and army of the coun­try are per­sis­tently feud­ing. It is the stuff of stone age na­tions. We don’t need that. The LDF should ex­em­plify more good faith by sur­ren­der­ing all the re­main­ing seized weapons to the LMPS, not least to en­able the po­lice to dis­charge their du­ties. The LDF must also in­sti­tute an in­ter­nal in­quiry and courts mar­tial sol­diers re­spon­si­ble for the may­hem of au­gust 30 and other in­ci­dents there­after.

Those im­pli­cated in the bomb­ings of res­i­dences of Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Khothatso Tšooana and the wife of Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane, Li­a­biloe ‘Mai­sa­iah Tha­bane, must be handed over for in­ves­ti­ga­tions and pros­e­cuted if they have a case to an­swer.

do­ing oth­er­wise and let­ting all Ldf-in­spired in­ci­dences go un­pun­ished, de­spite the cur­rent at­tempts at bridge-build­ing, will foster im­punity and set a bad prece­dent for the fu­ture. In any civ­i­lized na­tion, no one should be above the law and ev­ery cit­i­zen must be held re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions. I read with great in­ter­est an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Le­sotho is slowly slid­ing into an­ar­chy” that ap­pears in your de­cem­ber 11-17 is­sue, and writ­ten by Ut­loang Ka­jeno .

In­deed I have also con­sulted the dic­tio­nary to de­ci­pher the mean­ing of “an­ar­chy” and have come close to the an­swer you got.

But then I re­mem­bered that even as peo­ple seek to get the mean­ing of words the real test of words may now be “the sci­ence of mean­ing”-a course of study that goes much deeper than the mere dic­tio­nary mean­ing.

I do not have an in­ten­tion to go into that area es­pe­cially since I wish to has­ten to get the “mean­ing” be­hind your ar­ti­cle.

Is Le­sotho re­ally on the brink of “an­ar­chy” or this is a sit­u­a­tion that ex­ists in the minds of some em­i­nent in­tel­lec­tu­als who pass time by writ­ing and en­joy­ing the sound of their “hol­low” words?

Is Le­sotho not much big­ger than Maseru or even the Le­sotho we so deeply love and so fer­vently pro­tect against the so-called usurpers of power much big­ger than the Le­sotho of our news­pa­per?

For in­deed if Le­sotho was as you say “slowly slid­ing into an­ar­chy” the first signs would be no­tice­able NOT in Maseru but all over the coun­try where or­di­nary Ba­sotho carry on with the bur­den of sur­vival in a coun­try so badly gov­erned that for­eign dig­ni­taries have to lit­er­ally “camp” at the Palace to re­port about the mis­de­meanour of those in gov­ern­ment and HOW they have been called to or­der-and mind you those called to or­der are NOT in the Lcd-es­pe­cially Hon Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing MP.

How then you choose to cloak him with this huge gar­ment as the ar­chi­tect of rot at the core of gov­er­nance, I fail to com­pre­hend.

But maybe like the majority of peo­ple who can­not face the real ghosts of their life, we want to put blame where it does not be­long.

We hear talk of “bring­ing judges, pros­e­cu­tors and other ju­di­cial of­fi­cers into dis­re­spect”-or per­haps dis­re­pute as com­monly stated and you want to place all this at the doorstep of Hon Mets­ing!

Were you prob­a­bly in europe when the Prime Min­is­ter of the King­dom of Le­sotho de­clared that no court in Le- sotho will touch the case of ‘M’e Li­a­biloe ramo­holi’s hus­band who de­manded com­pen­sa­tion from the Prime Min­is­ter for loss of af­fec­tion?

What did you say about that? and has that case ever seen the light of day? Were you in one of your other over­seas trips(as a busy-body who I guess has to be all over the globe) when sup­port­ers of the same Prime Min­is­ter evicted Ba­sotho cater­ers from hos­pi­tals coun­try­wide be­cause it was time to place the “yel­low” ones in the same jobs con­trary to the re­sults of the ten­der process?

The Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary for Health has more than four court or­ders all of which he has ig­nored with char­ac­ter­is­tic non­cha­lance-and you do not see “Judges, pros­e­cu­tors and other ju­di­cial of­fi­cers” be­ing brought into dis­re­pute?

The Prime Min­is­ter has lodged a case of di­vorce in the High Court and he does not turn up for the hear­ing be­cause of “se­cu­rity con­cerns” — this again does not re­duce our Ju­di­ciary into a mock­ery!

The in­tegrity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Ju­di­ciary has been torn to tat­ters by none other than the Head of His Majesty’s gov­ern­ment but per­haps you are so blinded by love and de­vo­tion for him that you do not see th­ese things hap­pen be­fore the eyes of all Ba­sotho and the whole Sadc com­mu­nity.

But even th­ese ut­ter­ances from that high of­fice have NOT led to an­ar­chy in the King­dom of Le­sotho-un­less as I in­di­cated you would wish to fur­ther ex­plore the “sci­ence of mean­ing” in or­der to make sense of the things you say have been ut­tered by Hon Mets­ing which as you say have caused Le­sotho to slide into an­ar­chy.

You have re­cently ar­rived from your over­seas jour­ney(i be­lieve) if you think Le­sotho is tot­ter­ing on the brink of an­ar­chy just be­cause you think you heard cer­tain ut­ter­ances from Hon Mets­ing.

It will take more than any ut­ter­ance to take Le­sotho into an­ar­chy-those who know Le­sotho bet­ter will at­test to this. even 1998 failed to take Le­sotho to the brink of an­ar­chy-if we are in agree­ment on the dic­tio­nary mean­ing of the word.

You claim that the DPM ut­tered words that “in ef­fect eroded the rule of Law and ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence”-and I am sure you do not know what the rule of Law is that so eas­ily suc­cumbs to ut­ter­ances that you have con­ve­niently for­got­ten to spec­ify.

Or could it just be that such ut­ter­ances only ex­ist in your fer­tile imag­i­na­tion(oth­er­wise why do you not take the read­ing pub­lic into your con­fi­dence and say what they are?)

If the ut­ter­ances from the Num­ber One in Gov­ern­ment have failed to have a rip­ple ef­fect on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing his pub­lic in­struc­tions given to mem­bers of the Po­lice Force to ar­rest cer­tain peo­ple just be­cause on a par­tic­u­lar day such peo­ple fell out of the PM’S fancy-and th­ese failed to have that “domino” ef­fect on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment I don’t see how words from Hon Mets­ing would have such ef­fect!

Peo­ple like you have watched spell­bound as se­nior pub­lic of­fi­cers were forcibly re­moved from their of­fices per in­struc­tion of the PM and you have not sensed the dawn of an­ar­chy.

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