‘My peo­ple, what have I done to you?’

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strate­gies have worked as both the ju­di­ciary has seem­ingly now been in­tim­i­dated into sub­mis­sion and there is vir­tu­ally no op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment.

To all these bla­tant vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights and of the rule of law as well as democ­racy Dr Mo­sisili has claimed there is peace and sta­bil­ity, the army is still un­der civil­ian con­trol and there is rule of law in Le­sotho.

Dr Mo­sisili is now on a cru­sade to cleanse key (se­cu­rity) in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment min­istries as well as paras­tatals of all key per­son­nel that he per­ceives as sym­pa­this­ers of the pre­vi­ous coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Add to this the omi­nous fact that in­vestor con­fi­dence has plum­meted, prime lend­ing rates have de­clined and for­eign in­vestors are tak­ing flight.

Re­cently, a rally by the three op­po­si­tion party youths to present a pe­ti­tion among oth­ers, that was urg­ing the Prime Min­siter to re­store the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try to nor­malcy was vir­tu­ally thwarted by the po­lice at the eleventh hour un­der the pre­text that it would dis­rupt ser­vices and traf­fic in the cap­i­tal Maseru.

What is un­for­tu­nate is that the Con­sti­tu­tion of Le­sotho, the supreme law, through which all laws have their le­git­i­macy and va­lid­ity, guar­an­tees free­doms of the press, ex­pres­sion, as­so­ci­a­tion and right to take part in the elec­tion of gov­ern­ment.

It also guar­an­tees that the state shall do ev­ery­thing in its power to en­sure the courts are free from in­ter­fer­ence and in­deed aided, by the gov­ern­ment in the dis­charge of their con­sti­tu­tional man­date with­out fear or favour.

Un­der the present coali­tion gov­ern­ment, the gen­eral public in gen­eral and the army and po­lice in par­tic­u­lar, leave in con­stant fear of be­ing ab­ducted and tor­tured, as well as killed with the re­sult that no in­ves­ti­ga­tions are ever un­der­taken.

The case in point re­cently, is that of a prom­i­nent lo­cal busi­ness and en­tre­pre­neur, Thabiso Tšosane, who was prom­i­nent sup­porter of an op­po­si­tion party, was bru­tally gunned-down con­duct­ing his daily busi­ness. To date, there has been no progress made in in­ves­ti­gat­ing this cal­lous killing.

Ba­sotho ex­pect Dr Mo­sisili to be con­cen­trat­ing on mak­ing Le­sotho a pros­per­ous coun­try, re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment, the scourge of HIV/AIDS and sta­bil­is­ing the coun­try’s se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions.

But lo and be­hold! his re­turn to power seems to be a poi­soned chal­ice for Ba­sotho.

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