Best wishes for 9th parliament
I am responding to an article by one of your columnists, ‘Utloang Kajeno’, which recently appeared in the Lesotho Times under the headline, Elections a Two-horse Race.
I am appalled at the manner in which ‘Utloang Kajeno’ underrates the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and undermines its leader.
I have no doubt, in my mind, that ‘ Utloang Kajeno’ is an adherent of the principles of Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power.
I found some interesting principles of the 48 Laws of Power which ‘Utloang Kajeno’ unashamedly continues to use against the LCD leadership which he/she obviously thinks are of no use to his/her aspirations.
You seem to know a lot about judicial proceedings, rule of law and judicial independence and maybe that is the reason for alleging that Ntate mothetjoa metsing, the Deputy Prime minister (DPM), has impugned the integrity, professionalism and dignity of the judicial law of government by uttering words that in effect eroded the rule of law and judicial independence, concepts that are hallmarks of a nascent democracy and the embodiment of our democratic ideals, principles and identity as a civilised nation.
The first question that came up after reading your article is what are those offensive, illegal and undemocratic utterances?
You should have maybe supported your critique with tangible proof of what was said by the DPM.
maybe Ntate/’me ‘Utloang Kajeno’ does not know that what the law does not forbid the law allows and that he who alleges must provide proof.
The argument relating to the coalition EVERY mosotho who truly has Lesotho at heart has to wish the next Parliament well and success.
Prayers have to be said for Lesotho to avoid running in the lanes used by the 8th Parliament. If it has to, it must at least run differently.
The 8th Parliament and its Executive ran in all directions, hence it could not last beyond three years, as runners bounced into each other in their uncoordinated runs.
The 9th Parliament and its Executive will have to choose to run form East to West or vise versa, and not in all directions.
The electorate will be expecting to see and feel the difference between the 8th and 9th Parliaments. The 9th Parliament has to avoid clumsy and obvious mistakes.
For example, corruption takes different forms, shapes, colors etc. The more one attempts to look to detect it, the less he/she is likely to see.
An unsuspecting, MP can easily find himself/herself participating innocently in apparently corrupt events.
This is a challenge to all future mps to be careful about the environment they have to participate in, lest there be traces of corruption somewhere under every stitch or seam of their well-woven Parliamentary garment. Not all untrained eyes can locate all corrupt tendencies.
For example, participation in intentional Parliamentary processes could be an interesting sample for future mps to consider.
If the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Statutes and Rules were observed to the letter; there would be no room for the slightest corruption.
But if local rules of participation are tailored or read to evade the expressed spirit of the IPU, the unsuspecting mps are likely to find themselves as innocent participants in corruption-related events.
The nation deserves an explanation that the handling of IPU matters through a five-yearcommittee and not through delegations for each assembly does not amount to corruption.
This is more possible as long as the National Assembly Standing Orders remain silent except to demand that delegations have to report to the House after tours.
To ensure that new mps get informed about their future roles, powers that be ought to make those local rules of participation known by all, to enable them to detect if they are in the spirit of the expensive IPU sessions and assemblies.
The next Executive will definitely have to show a difference between itself and the short- government or coalition of political parties, as espoused in our Constitution, has to be guided by agreements of the coalition of political parties which form a government.
It follows therefore, that no one member of the coalition of political parties has carte blanche and a singular right and lawful authority to unilaterally advice His majesty to lived coalition of the 8th Parliament. The latter had been very vocal.
among its many pronouncements was its unquantifiable wish to eradicate corruption. It is not in dispute that it is in this very area where the coalition failed dismally: Not that it performed any better elsewhere. The coalition lacked a roadmap on how it would go about this top priority commitment.
Rather, it opted to chase shadows and picked the wrong suspects, overlooking the obvious in their midst.
The Coalition had to practice what preached even during SADC interventions.
most importantly, the composition of the next Cabinet has to speak to the nation, no matter which party or parties form govern-
it enact laws or assent to a gazette brought to him.
maybe you have forgotten that His majesty declined to assent to the first prorogation gazette and should comprehend why the other coalition government partner has publicly mentioned his opposition to subsequent gazettes which were singed for as you allege.
You seem to know a lot about the congress movement, particularly the LCD and the Democratic Congress (DC) founding principles, but you were maybe never told that the Lesotho Congress movement motto has always been and will always be “Justice to friend and foe”, and the LCD and DC mottos are derived from the Lesotho Congress movement motto.
I am not going to discuss your insinuations that Ntate metsing and his NEC, lieutenants according to you, want to leave a legacy of a disobedient nation that does not obey lawful authority because your understanding and interpretation of the rule of law and judicial independence is skewed.
Siphiwo Mseti, Chairperson of LCD Stadium Area #31 Constituency.
all effort ought to be made to avoid a controversial cabinet (i.e. controversial appoint-
ments). Failure in this will be a signal of the beginning of a decline of their rule.
The electorate will be watching with keen interest, as to who, and from which district, one gets appointed, and probably why that particular individual.
The shape of party lists will speak volumes. They will indicate whether or not a party wishes to empower members of the Central Committees to access government, regardless of the calibre of such members and at the expense of oversight of government affairs; or whether Youth or Women would be favoured as many parties tend to do.
The Lesotho of the 2015 election ventures into a new era where the old guard may only remind voters of the past. It has been repeated many times that old habits die hard.
On the one hand, new blood would inject some new thoughts into this new arena of coalitions. a careful balancing of veterans and young blood has to be done.
above everything else, there should be no room to reward loyalists and attention-seekers with cabinet positions. National interest has to prevail.
Be that as it may, the 9thparliament has to help Basotho to forget discomforts of the 8th parliament. GOOD GOD WILLING, that would be the best pay back to the electorate.
File picture: The 8th Parliament Session in October this year.
LCD Leader Mothetjoa Metsing