‘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.