Govt must foster peace and harmony
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.
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?