‘Deadwood’ debate rages on
his own or those of his innerr circle.
Luckily, for Lesotho, Dr Mosisili realises the error of his ways becausese he has, on a number of occasions, publicly cly admitted as much though not in similar words.
It would therefore, defeat t his purpose of fighting to regain power, if he was to drag all the old cargo back into cabinetnet with him.
One might argue that for a government to be successful, a premier needseds to have experienced people by his side,de, instead of greenhorns who are stillll wet behind the ears.
Luckily, unlike the ABCC that was full of those veryy greenhorns when the party ty became part of the coalition n government in 2012, the DC C boasts of many “seasoned ed and experienced individuals”, s”, whose job since their LCDCD days has been to win constitutu encies and warm National Assembly benches. Isn’t it time they were afforded the opportunity to prove their worth?
It came as a shock to many in 2012, when LCD leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, appointed the likes of Dr timothy thahane, Dr Motloheloa Phooko, and Khotso Matla to cabinet because the understanding was they had been in government long enough.
It is again against this background that many Basotho are hoping Dr Mosisili does not repeat the same mistake as his successful election campaign would have been in vain.
There is nothing wrong with a few old but competent faces in cabinet, but to pick individuals for the sake of friendship or loyalty would not be ideal for Lesotho.
If Dr Mosisili is to win Basotho’s hearts and retain the numbers he has lost over the years, he needs to think long and hard before making any appointments into cabinet.
The fact that the ABC won more constitu- encies this time than it did in 2012, thus increasing its grassroots base in terms of numbers, is a sure sign that Dr Mosisili needs to make some drastic changes if the DC is to remain relevant and grow beyond attaining the same numbers in successive elections.
It is a fact that cannot be disputed, that the future and survival of the congress movement, depends on how the DC leaders play their cards, and if they get it wrong this time around, then down the drain goes Dr Ntsu Mokhehle’s legacy.
The LCD, the other big member of the congress movement, won 138 000 votes in 2012, with the number plummeting to just 56 000 this time around.
It is therefore incumbent upon Dr Mosisili, to ensure he increases the DC numbers if he does not want to be outdone by the ABC.
As the saying goes, “Inyani likhakha, Isiswe inkunsi”. Make the people happy and you’re likely to enjoy their support for a very long time.
Prime minister-elect Pakalitha mosisili