Holis­tic po­lit­i­cal anal­y­sis lack­ing

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After read­ing these mas­ter works, per­haps Mr Ma­hao’s anal­y­sis of the fail­ure of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment will be a bit nu­anced.

Th­ese mas­ter works were pro­duced by NUL’S In­sti­tute of South­ern African Stud­ies (ISAS). Who said NUL could never pro­duce mas­ter works!

Mr Ma­hao might have to wait a bit longer be­fore he can ul­u­late and chant. Un­til Le­sotho gets a com­plete turnover at the top of its pol­i­tics (the sen­ate and the lower houses of par­lia­ment), Le­sotho will see more of the same each time a gov­ern­ment changes.

Mr Ma­hao must ad­mit that, whether he likes it or not, the rul­ing classes in Le­sotho fall into the hated Na­tion­al­ist/con­gress di­chotomy of ide­ol­ogy.

Le­abua Jonathan and Ntsu Mokhehle have not been re­placed in po­lit­i­cal thought in Le­sotho since in­de­pen­dence.

Chief Jonathan’s and Mr Mokhehle’s ide­olo­gies will be at the cen­tre of pol­i­tics in Le­sotho un­til Mr Ma­hao’s gen­er­a­tion and the gen­er­a­tion af­ter him en­ters pol­i­tics and to­tally re­ject the sta­tus quo.

This fu­ture post-na­tion­al­ist, post-con­gress gen­er­a­tion will hope­fully be guided by eco­nom­ics, prag­ma­tism and ser­vices to the peo­ple.

How­ever, that will not be easy be­cause the rul­ing class from 1993 is deeply en­trenched. Le­sotho is prob­a­bly go­ing to have an­other prime min­is­ter in his 70s af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary elec­tions.

This prime min­is­ter will, in all like­li­hood, be from the 1993 class of politi­cians. The av­er­age per­son in Le­sotho is younger or the same age as Mr Ma­hao.

Th­ese 70-year olds come with their bag­gage from the past (Na­tion­al­ist/con­gress ide­ol­ogy) which Mr Ma­hao and his con­tem­po­raries do not as­cribe to.

Mr Ma­hao has been a thought­ful, smart and in­ci­sive colum­nist for Le­sotho Times but I am afraid that un­be­knownst to him­self, he is let­ting his anger de­rail his train of thought.

This is a wakeup call to him! He has the right to vote for the po­lit­i­cal party of his choice but as read­ers, we are in­ter­ested in be­ing helped to un­ravel what is hap­pen­ing in Le­sotho.

From fair anal­y­sis of events, we will de­cide for our­selves as read­ers who is in the wrong and who is in the right. Such anal­y­sis will help the read­ers of the Le­sotho Times re­con­sider who to vote for. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for Mr Ma­hao who is shaper of fu­ture thinkers in Le­sotho.

As a teacher at NUL, Mr Ma­hao has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to get rid of what he has con­sis­tently called po­lit­i­cal “Stone Age” and the “age of the di­nosaur”.

The for­mer lec­tur­ers at NUL I men­tioned above are cher­ished by many of us to­day be­cause they helped us an­a­lyse what was hap­pen­ing in Le­sotho at the time by be­ing crit­i­cal and dis­pas­sion­ate thus al­low­ing us to de­cide for our­selves who was wrong and who was right. Mr Ma­hao has that same re­spon­si­bil­ity in this era.

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