Is Coali­tion Agree­ment the end or be­gin­ning?

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THE re­cent un­veil­ing of the Demo­cratic Congress-led (DC) Coali­tion Agree­ment has not only ful­filled the long stand­ing ex­pec­ta­tion of many keen ob­servers but cre­ated new ques­tions too. Key among the ques­tions cre­ated is whether this marks the end or the be­gin­ning for the seven-party coali­tion?

This ar­ti­cle does not seek to pro­vide any an­swers to this dif­fi­cult ques­tion ex­cept to fol­low the es­tab­lished prin­ci­ple of pre­vi­ous col­umns which is to con­trib­ute to the public de­bate on na­tional is­sues by prob­lema­tis­ing, sim­pli­fy­ing and ex­plain­ing to en­sure a deeper, more ro­bust, crit­i­cal and in­formed en­gage­ment.

It is widely ru­moured that there is dis­con­tent within the ranks of the largest coali­tion part­ner, DC. This dis­con­tent is said to be caused by the man­ner in which the ne­go­ti­a­tions to form the coali­tion ended where the gen­eral prin­ci­ple of give and take had not only dented the ex­pec­ta­tions of many within the DC but had, in am­bigu­ous way, side-lined one of the con­spic­u­ous fac­tions within the party.

The mag­ni­tude of the dis­con­tent is de­scribed by some as that which has the po­ten­tial to split the lead coali­tion part­ner lead­ing to an al­ter­na­tive coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

This is, there­fore, seen by some as the be­gin­ning of the end of the coali­tion even be­fore it starts. On the other hand, it is seen as the be­gin­ning of an­other coali­tion gov­ern­ment. What re­mains un­clear though is the num­ber of Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) in­volved.

Though the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) re­mains a king maker and that its change or main­te­nance of loy­alty de­ter­mines the sur­vival of the gov­ern­ment, al­beit with other smaller par­ties, its limited power will al­ways lead to a slim ma­jor­ity.

The only strongly sup­ported coali­tion gov­ern­ment will be that which in­cludes the two big par­ties, DC and All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion, or one re­sult­ing from a se­ri­ous split be­tween ei­ther of them.

This means that un­less such a con­tem­plated split is a se­ri­ous one, what it may bring will equally be vul­ner­a­ble. While this is­sue can­not be jus­ti­fi­ably ig­nored in this de­bate, there is an­other side of the same coin.

Though from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, there is a sim­i­larly in­ter­est­ing “end-be­gin­ning” nar­ra­tive ig­nited by the sign­ing of the coali­tion pro­gramme. Other peo­ple be­lieve that as is the case when it is an­nounced that a baby

THE lead­ers of the par­ties which make up gov­ern­ment at the Coali­tion Agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony last Fri­day.

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