You reap what you sow

Lesotho Times - - Leader - Makha­bane maluke

THE Bi­ble So­ci­ety of Le­sotho se­lected to dis­trib­ute and equip mem­bers of the 8th Par­lia­ment with free copies of the Bi­ble. Why did they do that at that par­tic­u­lar time and turn of par­lia­men­tary events? This must have been done du­ti­fully. God might have opted to en­gage the So­ci­ety to re­mind Ba­sotho, through their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Par­lia­ment, that they are largely a Chris­tian na­tion and have to do what has to be done the Chris­tian way.

The dis­tri­bu­tion of the Bibles in the Na­tional As­sem­bly had its own drama. Mem­bers of the so­ci­ety who were in at­ten­dance be­came ush­ers for that day - dish­ing out pa­pers from the House Ta­ble, to ev­ery seat which had a mem­ber oc­cu­py­ing it.

Those Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MP) who did not at­tend House sit­ting on that day later dis­played their ap­pre­ci­a­tion through fran­tic in­quiries to their col­leagues and the Ta­ble about the where­abouts of their copies. Ev­ery­one was in­deed ex­cited that the Le­sotho Bi­ble So­ci­ety had de­liv­ered Bibles to MPS. This re-af­firmed that all mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly were Chris­tians; none had af­firmed, as non-chris­tians do, on as­sum­ing mem­ber­ship of par­lia­ment.

Those copies of the Bi­ble were all of good qual­ity; hard cov­ers in typ­i­cal Le­sotho or­thog­ra­phy: Se­sotho sa Moshoeshoe le Baruti. The lat­ter is very sig­nif­i­cant in that this dis­tinct or­thog­ra­phy is grad­u­ally be­com­ing un­pop­u­lar among the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers, au­thors and teach­ers. It also au­gured well with the mes­sage in a brochure, in English, which ac­com­pa­nied each copy of the Bi­ble.

Page 2 of that brochure stated its mes­sage: “Ev­ery per­son must hear God speak­ing in his/her own lan­guage.” Copies of the Bi­ble neatly car­ried the real or­thog­ra­phy of what other print houses re­fer to as “South­ern Sotho”. Through these copies, God speaks to Ba­sotho of Le­sotho in their unique lan­guage.

It is this ges­ture of the Bi­ble So­ci­ety that in­flu­enced the coinage of the ti­tle of this ar­ti­cle. The ti­tle de­rives from the read­ing of Gala­tians/ Ba-galata 6:7, “For what­so­ever a man soweth, that shall he so reap”. Sim­ply put, what­ever is ef­fected or done (by man) in the present will have a di­rect ef­fect on what hap­pens later. For ex­am­ple, the dis­so­lu­tion of the 8th par­lia­ment was an ef­fect of how the first coali­tion govern­ment han­dled is­sues of gov­er­nance, in­clud­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the op­po­si­tion in op­pos­ing con­struc­tively in par­lia­ment.

Could the All-mighty have pre­ferred to ex­cep­tion­ally speak to Ba­sotho through the ini­tia­tive of the Bi­ble So­ci­ety of Le­sotho through their rep­re­sen­ta­tives at that par­tic­u­lar turn­ing point of their par­lia­men­tary term? Another brochure in Se­sotho had some se­lected read­ings from the Bi­ble e.g. Luke 14:9-14; Daniel 2:20-22 etc, which urge read­ers to in­tro­spect and as­sess the qual­ity of their roles in mat­ters which af­fect the na­tion, as a creation of God.

Ev­ery leader has to lead his fol­low­ers, and those fol­low­ers in turn have to fol­low their lead­ers. All these, they must do in the spirit of pre­scrip­tions of the Bi­ble. If the Gala­tians cited above reg­is­ter well among Ba­sotho, each one is in­vited to frankly con­sider whether or not the Le­sotho of our time is at the point of sow­ing or reap­ing?

Ba­sotho are known to be too po­lit­i­cally di­vided. There are those who main­tain that in 2015, Le­sotho is sow­ing what it will reap later. This is a mat­ter of wait and see. Oth­ers will hold a dif­fer­ent view that Le­sotho is cur­rently reap­ing what was sown in previous sea­sons. Both ar­gu­ments evolve around a premise that we are all at the very be­gin­ning of the 9th par­lia­ment which came about pre­ma­turely.

It is hu­man ac­tions that ne­ces­si­tated par­lia­men­tary in­ci­dents like the 28 Fe­bru­ary elec­tions which gave rise to the 9th par­lia­ment and a new govern­ment. The hold­ing of an early elec­tion was un­ques­tion­ably con­sti­tu­tional, com­pared with the previous forms of mis­man­age­ment which had been de­fended as con­sti­tu­tional. It was a qual­ity prod­uct of what pow­ers that be sowed. It is a les­son to those who wish to reap what will make them happy, to avoid do­ing the wrong acts.

How the 9th Par­lia­ment started is another in­ter­est­ing sow­ing. It is al­ready plagued with ac­cu­sa­tions and counter-ac­cu­sa­tions. One camp swore by its lead­er­ship that the new coali­tion would not sur­vive be­yond the first six months of the 9th Par­lia­ment. Some men and women are in se­ri­ous prayers and lob­by­ing that the cur­rent coali­tion be ad­mit­ted into the in­ten­sive care unit; calls for the in­ter­ven­tion of SADC, Com­mon­wealth and the UN have been heard from those who lack the courage to be His Majesty‘s loyal op­po­si­tion. In­stead, they cry foul about ev­ery­thing.

There have al­ready been a few walk­outs in the 9th Par­lia­ment. A few calls for Ha-se-k`hoeloe — to stay­away — have been at­tempted. All these are a re­minder of the in­ci­dents of the 7th Par­lia­ment. These are not ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tives to the tac­tics em­ployed by the 8th Par­lia­ment op­po­si­tion. It fought pro­ce­dural wars in the House, in­clud­ing the most feared con­ven­tional “no con­fi­dence mo­tion”. It was so feared that the govern­ment could not pro­pose a “con­fi­dence mo­tion” in its de­fense. The best it could do was to pro­rogue par­lia­ment; and it reaped what it had sown.

This ar­ti­cle is an hon­est in­vi­ta­tion and ap­peal to all Ba­sotho to re-think their ways and meth­ods in with na­tional is­sues. What you sow, you will reap. You may have al­ready reaped what tasted bit­ter: avoid rep­e­ti­tion of such ex­per­i­ments. Re­mem­ber to do unto oth­ers as you would like them do unto you. The Chris­tian Coun­cil of Le­sotho (CCL) is en­cour­aged to du­ti­fully strive even harder, to get Ba­sotho back on track.

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