‘Dead­wood’ de­bate rages on

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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

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