Quo vadis Le­sotho

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“THIS is our finest hour!” Th­ese mag­i­cal words were ut­tered by then Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Sir Win­ston Churchill when his coun­try was un­der siege from se­vere aerial Ger­man bom­bard­ment dur­ing World War Two.

The Bri­tish were united in the quest for peace and sur­vival. The peo­ple did not suc­cumb, but rose into a new verve. Bri­tain sur­vived.

Lead­ing a na­tion in the path of re­form and a new era takes guts, sin­cer­ity and re­silience, grit and met­tle.

It takes more than party ide­ol­ogy to bring about the sur­vival of a na­tion. There are many events and episodes that drive a peo­ple to need one an­other as never be­fore.

Ba­sotho, ir­re­spec­tive of ed­u­ca­tion, party po­lit­i­cal al­le­giance and creed, have be­come more so­phis­ti­cated. Peo­ple want to see vis­i­ble change and tan­gi­ble gains.

Cor­rup­tion in many African coun­tries has been the ma­jor hin­drance of so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

It has in­creased poverty and in many in­stances has been the num­ber im­ped­i­ment to democ­racy, jus­tice and the rule of law.

Much more can be as­cribed to cor­rup­tion. The na­tion’s pa­tience for life — sup­port­ing needs is over­due.

It is a fact that there is an al­most tan­gi­ble par­a­digm shift in the mind of the or­di­nary elec­torate.

Peo­ple need bold and sin­cere lead­er­ship which will touch real is­sues to give the na­tion nec­es­sary hope to­wards moder­nity through real — pol­i­tick­ing, and many po­lit­i­cal par­ties will be made in­signif­i­cant.

Ad­vanced na­tions have since re­alised that even a tol­er­a­ble num­ber of po­lit­i­cal par­ties has be­come a li­a­bil­ity.

Popular po­lit­i­cal par­ties in some coun­tries fail to ob­tain a ma­jor­ity to form a gov­ern­ment. Le­sotho must take courage in all as­pects and view ev­ery na­tional threat pos­i­tively; al­beit with great cau­tion.

A true cap­tain steers and com­mands his ship through a danger­ous tem­pest. He can­not change the di­rec­tion of the wind but will al­ways ad­just his sails to reach his des­ti­na­tion. The na­tion needs such lead­er­ship. Can we bring about this change? Yes, we can!

Many gov­ern­ments and civ­i­liza­tions have also been ar­chi­tects of their down­fall and demise. Many African na­tions are no ex­cep­tion.

Can we af­ford to re­peat the mis­takes of the past and ex­pect dif­fer­ent re­sults? Much more will fol­low in de­tail to pro­voke re­sponse.

As the na­tion is mov­ing to the elec­tions, we need to pause and ask: Quo Vadis (Where are you go­ing Le­sotho)?

May God save the King and the na­tion

Pa­triot

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