Ramodibedi saga an embarrassment
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.