Govt must foster peace and har­mony

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is born, the public an­nounce­ment of the Coali­tion Agree­ment should be cel­e­brated.

Nor­mally, the cel­e­bra­tion of birth does not say any­thing about the fu­ture ex­cept best wishes and thanks­giv­ing. This an­nounce­ment there­fore marks the end of the mid­wifery process be­cause by the ad­den­dum to the orig­i­nal agree­ment of par­ties, the pro­gramme be­came an in­te­gral part of the birth and ba­sis of gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to this per­spec­tive, it would seem that in terms of ba­sics needed to pre­pare for gov­er­nance, the work has been in rel­a­tive terms suc­cess­fully done. It is, there­fore, log­i­cal to con­clude that in spite of the in­tri­ca­cies of es­tab­lish­ing the coali­tion of seven par­ties, the for­ma­tion of gov­ern­ment has been con- THE All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion warn­ings on Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli sound more like a des­per­ate at­tempt to make de­ci­sions for the new coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

The Coali­tion Agree­ment they signed re­cently makes me think they will rule un­til chick­ens grow horns — ex­actly what the ABC — LCD (Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy) should have done.

What the King does is mainly cer­e­mo­nial — the min­is­ters make the de­ci­sion and the King rub­ber stamp it.

The de­ci­sion that for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane made sum­mated.

This end is of its kind be­cause it marks the be­gin­ning of gov­er­nance and de­liv­ery that is guided by the in­ten­tions ex­pressed in the Coali­tion Agree­ment.

Whichever end-be­gin­ning this pro­gramme may point, the re­al­ity is that the in­com­ing coali­tion gov­ern­ment will not have an easy walk. If the end and the be­gin­ning means the first per­spec­tive, then it may mean ei­ther fresh polls or a change of the guard with­out the ne­ces­sity of go­ing for elec­tions.

If that be­comes the route, politi­cians would be pres­sured to think bet­ter and more se­ri­ously than they have been do­ing about the ne­ces­sity for a grand coali­tion.

If it means the sec­ond per­spec­tive, this would mean the be­gin­ning of de­liv­ery and en­gage­ment. The next log­i­cal move would be the open­ing of par­lia­ment while ahead of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment will be the task to har­monise the Coali­tion Agree­ment with the ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment poli­cies.

In open­ing par­lia­ment, the King shall be demon­strat­ing the in­ten­sions of His gov­ern­ment hence the phrase “My Gov­ern­ment shall….my Gov­ern­ment will do the fol­low­ing….” will fea­ture promi­nently. What the King says, is en­dorsed as the de­ci­sion of the two houses separately through a mo­tion.

The re­jec­tion of such a mo­tion con­ven­tion­ally demon­strates loss of con­fi­dence of the sit­ting prime min­is­ter and that would be tan­ta­mount to a change of guard.

This is, how­ever, not re­flected in the laws of Le­sotho, an area that needs to be ex­plored to fire Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli caused dishar­mony within the ranks of the se­cu­rity forces and hence the in­sta­bil­ity.

So far so good for the new gov­ern­ment and there is no sign of the dishar­mony that characterised the pre­vi­ous coali­tion.

Tl­hokomeliso Ba­sotho

IN re­sponse to “ABC vows to stop Kamoli” (Le­sotho Times, April 9), the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is look­ing at­ten­tively at the im­mi­nent re­turn of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli to the helm of the Le­sotho De­fence Force. as part of ef­forts to cre­ate a good en­vi­ron­ment for ef­fec­tive, sus­tain­able and suc­cess­ful coali­tion gov­ern­ments. In the ab­sence of the def­i­ni­tion of par­lia­men­tary ses­sions in the laws of Le­sotho, His Majesty King Let­sie’s speech will ad­dress the five-year pe­riod in­ten­tion of His gov­ern­ment.

From a prac­ti­cal point of view, it is quite chal­leng­ing for a gov­ern­ment of His Majesty to hon­estly, con­vinc­ingly and thought­fully project its in­ten­tions and pri­or­i­ties for five years.

This is why some of the rec­om­men­da­tions from com­mu­ni­ties about needed re­forms in­clude a call for the legal def­i­ni­tion of a par­lia­men­tary ses­sion and that it should be pegged within the fi­nan­cial year.

This would not only make it easy for gov­ern­ment to give His Majesty its pro­gramme only for a year, thus mak­ing it easy to im­ple­ment and for peo­ple to eas­ily check gov­ern­ment progress, but it would also en­hance the ef­fec­tive­ness of Par­lia­ment in link­ing the in­ten­tions in the Speech from the throne and the bud­get pri­or­i­ties which they will all be within a ses­sion which is sim­i­larly de­fined

It would be a dis­grace and a sign of dis­re­spect to all Ba­sotho if he gets re­in­stated. The cur­rent gov­ern­ment should re­main wary of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

Just like the names im­plies, wa­ter fol­lows any crack it can run through ex­cept up­wards (pos­i­tiv­ity and be­ing con­struc­tive).

The gov­ern­ment must foster peace and work hard to en­sure sta­bil­ity is har­mo­niously de­liv­ered among the al­ready peace­ful and beau­ti­ful Ba­sotho. God bless Le­sotho and Amer­ica.

Mosotho in New York. with fi­nan­cial year.

In har­mon­is­ing, the pro­gramme with the na­tional devel­op­ment blue print, the coali­tion gov­ern­ment will have to change some sec­tor poli­cies al­to­gether, change pri­or­i­ties or even ap­proaches in oth­ers.

Clearly this can­not be done and be re­flected in the speech from the throne which in any case has to be clearer com­pared to the pro­gramme, yet still gen­eral in re­la­tion to the work of the var­i­ous min­istries. In or­der to be de­liv­ered, this pro­gramme has to be suc­cess­fully har­monised with gov­ern­ment poli­cies, and for that to hap­pen, public ser­vants at all lev­els should be able to grasp and run with it.

Have min­is­ters shared this pro­gramme with their staff as their func­tionar­ies within the min­istries? Is each and ev­ery min­is­ter con­ver­sant with the pro­gramme and so con­vinced that he or she can re­main a source of strength and pil­lar of in­spi­ra­tion in terms of the pol­icy di­rec­tion?

If the an­swer is yes, where and when did they have the ori­en­ta­tion on the new man­i­festo? If they do not have such ba­sics, how are they go­ing to en­sure that it is in real terms that what the pro­gramme wants is be­ing har­monised?

What about the ser­vants? Since Ba­sotho have also voted a strong op­po­si­tion and they pay for its up­keep, can they know what the op­po­si­tion says about this pro­gramme?

Does it re­spond to the needs of the peo­ple from the op­po­si­tion view? How will it be en­gaged? Or is it re­jected? If so partly or holis­ti­cally?

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