Pol­i­tics a cat and mouse af­fair

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“AS a party, we are pre­pared to work har­mo­niously with the gov­ern­ment in par­lia­ment but we need to see progress be­ing made,” ac­cord­ing to Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Mamolula Ntabe “Op­po­si­tion sees red over de­layed bud­get” ( Le­sotho Times, May 7, 2015).

If the op­po­si­tion can ful­fil this prom­ise, chances are they could be in gov­ern­ment even be­fore the seven-party coali­tion’s five year term ends.

Dur­ing their time in gov­ern­ment, they pro­rogued par­lia­ment to avoid a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence and the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion de­layed pre­sent­ing the na­tional bud­get. This is ex­actly what politi­cians are good at! — play­ing cat and mouse.

Tl­hokomeliso Ba­sotho.

NOW that for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane is in op­po­si­tion, I am sure he re­alises that he should have fought cor­rup­tion as a war while in power and not as a battle be­cause it should be a con­tin­u­ous ef­fort.

You can win a battle but lose the war which ul­ti­mately un­does the whole ef­fort.

While fight­ing cor­rup­tion was a popular cause, if it is not prop­erly im­ple­mented it can lead to dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

Cor­rup­tion has been fought be­fore to a cer­tain de­gree, ask Sole Ma­supha.

Any leader worth his salt would know that any gov­ern­ment pro­gramme can only be com­pleted when one is in power and not in the op­po­si­tion.

The key job of a leader is to foster co­he­sion within the regime and en­sure it sur­vives to im­ple­ment its pro­grammes.

Mothobi.

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