Mahao should throw in towel for peace
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.