Holistic political analysis lacking
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.