Ramod­ibedi saga an em­bar­rass­ment

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IN re­sponse to “Swazi pre­mier ap­peals to Mo­sisili over Ramod­ibedi stale­mate” ( Le­sotho Times, April 30, 2015), I hope we are learn­ing from the Swazi­land jus­tice sys­tem. Judges, regis­trars and min­is­ters are not above the law as they are ar­rested, charged and of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend them­selves with dig­nity.

How­ever, as one of my friends would say: “How do you ex­pect an ap­ple to fall from an oak tree?”

Jus­tice Michael Ramod­ibedi is a Mosotho with congress in­cli­na­tions. And from what we have seen and learnt about some mem­bers of the congress move­ment, we can safely con­clude that he is un­will­ing to let the rule of law take its course.

If Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi was in Le­sotho, he would not only have re­sisted ar­rest, but would have also con­tin­ued as the chief jus­tice as if noth­ing has hap­pened.

And we would not be sur­prised be­cause some of our lead­ers would have en­cour­aged him to do so. Un­for­tu­nately, this time around, their man is in an­other coun­try.

Sooner or later, the Swazis are go­ing to use force and I hope they will deny him bail on the ba­sis of be­ing a flight risk. The ques­tion now is whether Ba­sotho will still be hired abroad. I agree with Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Te­bello Mets­ing, that the is­sue is very much em­bar­rass­ing, not only for the King­dom in the Sky, but also our hon­ourable pro­fes­sion as legal prac­ti­tion­ers.

Kubayashi the lawyer.

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