Billy’s legacy shall live on
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-