Billy’s le­gacy shall live on

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THE late Le­sotho Work­ers Party (LWP) leader Ma­caefa Billy has left a le­gacy that will be cher­ished by the na­tion long af­ter his pas­sage.

Mr Billy was the first to raise aware­ness on the plight of work­ers and to lead a work­ers’ union that man­aged to ef­fec­tively en­gage em­ploy­ers in the tex­tile in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment de­spite fac­ing fierce ex­ter­nal forces.

He was among the first gen­er­a­tion of rad­i­cal lead­ers to as­cend to na­tional pol­i­tics in his as­pi­ra­tion to be­come an ef­fec­tive work­ers voice.

Mr Billy’s brave lead­er­ship shall for­ever re­main in the hearts of many who came to know him and be as­so­ci­ated with him.

He might have passed on, but he shall con­tinue living in the hearts of the many fac­tory work­ers in this coun­try as one of those that fought re­lent­lessly for their bet­ter­ment.

Bon Voy­age Com­rade!

BKC. a West­min­ster type of con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy like most other Com­mon­wealth coun­tries. How­ever, herein lies the catch and the most crit­i­cal dif­fer­ence be­tween Ba­sotho and the Bri­tish. The Bri­tish democ­racy is a tra­di­tion es­tab­lished long time ago and in­grained in their col­lec­tive wis­dom and con­science since time im­memo­rial.

By con­trast, our democ­racy in Le­sotho, was only im­ple­mented in 1993, mean­ing we are less than two decades into any­thing that can be called a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion.

Though I am chary to ad­mit, our in­sti­tu­tions that ought to pro­mote and pro­tect our democ­racy are the very in­sti­tu­tions that un­der­mine our democ­racy un­like the Bri­tish in­sti­tu­tions which we so much pro­fess to du­pli­cate. This is a very sad in­dict­ment on our demo­cratic col­lec­tive cre­den­tials, ideals, ethos and prin­ci­ples. How­ever, this de­bate be­longs to an­other day.

The fol­low­ing few con­tro­ver­sies will sub­stan­ti­ate my ar­gu­ment that we need to es­tab­lish a Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mis­sion to iden­tify, in­vite in-put and make rec­om­men­da­tions as to what amend­ments to make.

This Com­mis­sion needs to in­vite all stake-

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