Ma­hao should throw in towel for peace

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FOR the sake of peace, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao’s lawyers should ad­vise him to take an early re­tire­ment and call it quits “Ma­hao de­fends ap­point­ment” ( Le­sotho Times, April 30, 2015).

The seven party coali­tion gov­ern­ment has al­ready shown their pref­er­ence for Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli over Lt Gen Ma­hao for the sake of se­cu­rity and peace and for other rea­sons.

The lawyers ar­gue that there is noth­ing in the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) law that pro­hibits a suspended of­fi­cer from be­ing pro­moted. That may be true but all laws have loop­holes.

Even if Lt Gen Ma­hao as­sumes his post, the gov­ern­ment can still de­mote him af­ter a week just like Lt Gen Kamoli was fired by for­mer pre­mier Thomas Tha­bane. Worse still, the gov­ern­ment could let Lt Gen Ma­hao take the reins at the LDF but the sol­diers are un­likely to co­op­er­ate given the lit­tle sup­port he en­joys within the army.

I do not think Lt Gen Ma­hao would like to see this hap­pen nor do peace lov­ing Ba­sotho. The All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion lost power be­cause they mis­cal­cu­lated.

The only op­tion the ABC have is go back to the drawing board and prove why they are bet­ter than the cur­rent gov­ern­ment and if they win they can then ap­point Lt Gen Ma­hao on con­tract or al­ter­na­tively give him a po­si­tion in the ABC which will blend well with his back­ground at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Le­sotho as the youth leader of the Popular Front for Democ­racy.

Tl­hokomeliso Ba­sotho.

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