Tšooana’s fate a no brainer

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

IN re­sponse to “Tšooana faces axe” ( Le­sotho Times, June 4 2015), per­haps Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) Com­mis­sioner Khothatso Tšooana and for­mer Le­sotho De­fence Force com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao were naïve, in­ept or both.

One has to read the pulse and pos­ture of the pow­ers that be. When you bet on a horse and it loses, you cut your losses and let it go. Un­less Com­mis­sioner Tšooana’s lawyers have an ace up their sleeve, the out­come is pretty much pre­dictable.

The prece­dents are not even that far in the past, Jus­tice Michael Ramod­ibedi tried through the le­gal route and failed to save his job.

There is fierce op­po­si­tion to Jus­tice Kananelo Mos­ito’s ap­point­ment as Court of Ap­peal pres­i­dent. For­mer premier Thomas Tha­bane ap­pointed Jus­tice Mos­ito be­cause he called the shots and that is all that mat­tered then. How­ever, things have changed.

Fight­ing bat­tles you are most likely to lose is not a wise move. I ap­plaud for­mer LMPS Deputy Com­mis­sioner Ma­supha Ma­supha who knew the odds were stacked against him and bowed out grace­fully with­out fanfare. Re­treat is not sur­ren­der­ing but a tac­ti­cal move to bide your time. Be­cause there is one con­stant in life: Change.

Le­sotho is sim­i­lar to a high school in its modus operandi. Once you fall out of favour with the head­mas­ter, you can­not be a head pre­fect, re­gard­less of your mas­sive sup­port from the stu­dents. So why did Messrs Tšooana and Ma­hao not see what most of us see; their fate was ul­ti­mately go­ing to end up a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.


IN re­sponse to “De­por­tees re­count or­deals” ( Le­sotho Times, June 4 2015), South Africa must de­port more Ba­sotho. The South Africans made what their coun­try is to­day. Why can’t we do the same here in Le­sotho? I am sorry, but they should de­port as many Ba­sotho as they pos­si­bly can so we all de­mand jobs here at home. Our lead­ers need to rise to the oc­ca­sion.

Mot­seko Dompe­dro Mochai.

ALL these de­por­ta­tions are the re­sults of hunger, poverty and un­em­ploy­ment in Le­sotho. Mean­while, fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and sup­port, re­gard­less of the ob­sta­cles faced, still need to be ad­dressed.

Mosa Pheko.

I RE­CENTLY heard a South African who recog­nised one of the de­por­tees say­ing he had pre­vi­ously dropped the lat­ter at Sani Pass.

He told his col­leagues it was point­less to de­port Ba­sotho be­cause the guy they were de­port­ing had been de­ported be­fore and that he was sure the peo­ple they de­ported the day be­fore were al­ready on their way back to SA.

Si­mon T Sehlabo.

IN re­sponse to “Rantšo ‘ des­per­ate’ to re­turn” ( Le­sotho Times, June 4 2015), since Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) leader Keketso Rantšo had been alerted by a “Good Sa­mar­i­tan” of the pend­ing as­sault that prompted her flight, she will have to wait to hear from him if it is now safe

to re­turn.

I THINK for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion leader Thomas Tha­bane, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party leader The­sele ‘Maserib­ane and Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) leader Keketso Rantšo may be up to some­thing.

All of them man­aged to “es­cape” and none of them got harmed yet they still call it a plot. Even Ms Rantšo man­aged to run away. It’s truly amaz­ing!

Bapela Enest Mphu­lenyane.

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