True leadership needed now
IT has always been and still is a pleasure to read your publication with keen interest when it tackles social and community issues.
However, it pains me when core issues, both political and economic, are being brushed aside.
It is a known fact that a publication’s scope of coverage in terms of content is dictated by the editorial policy which is reflected especially during national elections.
Naturally, I have become not only a regular reader but also a fan of your newspaper. If you have somewhere on your website I could click “like”, I would gladly do so a thousand times.
In many respects I would not have any cause to question your authority on the subject that you tackle week in and week out — from rampant mismanagement in local government to downright corruption at the highest level of government.
My heartfelt topic for this month is the appointment of council office bearers.
It is my concern as a citizen of Lesotho to understand the criteria used in the appointments as well as the checks and balances used in the process.
I am raising this question because of what is taking place in our country’s districts.
We need councils that will always adopt an inclusive approach when making decisions. They also need to have a backbone to resist being dictated to by central government in Maseru and refuse to be micro managed.
Such a council is what is needed in Lesotho’s districts in this day and age.
I appeal to every voter to carefully appoint or nominate the office bearers who represent the will of the people.
We should oppose careerists, tender process riggers and those engaged in nepotism as well as exposing corrupt and inept officers.
Common sense dictates that not all of us can become leaders. However, leaders need support from the people they lead.
I applaud the late former Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan. He was not a small candle to me, and those who have faith in him as a true leader, but a bright flame whose ideals we need to keep hold of for the future Lesotho.
My quest is to make his flame burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations.
I urge the media to adopt an inclusive approach when dealing with national issues, more especially during elections. I urge all of us to stop being jealous of each other’s achievements but instead rally behind our chosen leader Tau Molapo.
Remember Dr Jonathan brought about job creation, educational opportunities and agriculture, among other initiatives through the Basotho National Party (BNP), but many haters choose to ignore this.
Let us unite and take our beloved organisation of Basotho, the BNP and its leader, to a higher level. I endorse Chief Thesele ‘ Maseribane’s leadership.
How is it that a two words concept like “economic freedom” can mean polar opposites to different people; economic freedom in the sense of freedom from government intervention in the sense that I understand them, poverty, and the violation of the rights of individuals in the sense that the BNPYL appears to understand them. We turn to the fatal conceit: The errors of socialism by known as David Twala but real names David Tau Molapo, for an answer to this puzzling question.
I quote from Confucius who said: “When words lose their meaning people will lose their liberty.” Obviously, this matter is not to be treated lightly.
Dr Jonathan wasn’t a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances, one can’t deny that his humility is just another attribute that makes him the role model he was.
The BNP must keep its promises — I fully agree with the BNPYL second transition document. According to my understanding, it simply means all Basotho in Lesotho will benefit equally from the economy. I would be very happy if it was implemented, as political power means nothing without economic power. The time has come for the wealth of our country to be distributed equally.
It is true that most people would like better wealth, however when we link education with money we are losing focus.
Education is about passing knowledge from one generation to the other with an eye for further development. We should continue to encourage people to get educated.
It should not be for the purpose of gaining wealth, however, but to plough back to the community by playing a leading role in development and this can be attained when we become educated. The importance of education cannot be overemphasized. Whether young or old, education is the key.
But narrow tribalism is rearing its head. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and other parties are taking our country backwards. What is he doing for the people of HaAbia in his constituency? Nothing. What is he doing for the people in the rural areas?
Looking back to the origins of the BNP, we recall that one of the principal authors of the Basotho claims, Dr Jonathan, was already announcing a vision of human dignity, non-racialism and national unity. The demon of racialism must be buried and forgotten. It has shed among us sufficient blood! We are one people.
These divisions and jealousies are the cause of all our woes and backwardness today. All political parties must just swallow their pride and acknowledge the fact that nepotism and cadre deployment is taking Lesotho backwards.
It’s time deserving people got jobs and incompetent comrades were booted out. Someone must be held responsible and proper steps must be taken against those who are to blame.
The BNP is expected to explain to the nation why the lives of ordinary Basotho have not improved for the past years since my late brother died.
My mission is to build empire that will pave the way for thousands of black professionals who will continue to keep the torch burning brightly for generations to come.
I understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted.
Rather, it has been the risktakers, the doers, the makers of things- some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across searching on a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the south; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, even lost my grandfather in war for Basotho Land. One of the greatest lelapa la boreneng fought for Basotho. Time and again these men, and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands wereblistered so that we might live a better life.
It is for the generation of today to defend what Leabua Jonathan of the BNP fought for today’s youth should remember that the youth of 1959 fought for a non-racial, nonsexiest, united, prosperous Basotho Land.
David Tau Molapo