The world’s smelli­est King­dom

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis - Ma­hao Ma­hao

MY long pe­riod of si­lence­silen has been bru­tally bro­ken. And once again it is as a re­sult of a hor­ri­ble smell cur­rently en­gulf­ing this po­lit­i­cally cursed coun­try.

So the “blood-bath” t that some mem­bers of this seven-headed gove gov­ern­ment promised the na­tion prior to the ele elec­tions is be­gin­ning to show signs of fruition. Not bread and beans were promised to the large­lyla hun­gry elec­torate but a sick­en­ing bloo blood-bath.

The killing, in cold b blood, of for­mer army com­man­der Lieu­tenan Lieu­tenant Gen­eral (the fam­ily rec­og­nizes this ti­tle and not Bri­gadier) Maap Maa­parankoe Ma­hao fol­lows short­lysho that of busi­ness­man T Thabiso Tšosane. And the h hit-list that has been draw drawn is still a long way from reach­ing the end.

W Who­ever drew it has no now added a few ticks of suc­cess against some o of the names on it; two d down and still more to c come. Those re­spons sible for the plan­ning, fi­nanc­ing and ex­e­cu­tion of this mur­der­ous streak are al­ready sniff­ing for the blood o of their next vic­tim. Le­sotho might as well be chris­tened with a brand new name: Blood­bath­land.

Maa­parankoe’s death has not been sur­pris­ing. Even he k knew it was only a

Bmat­ter of time be­fore he faced heavy weapons paid for by the tax­payer. Yes, this is a coun­try where we, through our taxes, fi­nance the weapons that end our lives.

Ad­vice from fam­ily and friends to leave Le­sotho for his safety was one he was never pre­pared to take. In his words, he would not flee and seek asy­lum else­where but would die in this coun­try.

Firstly he main­tained, rightly so, that he had not done any­thing wrong and would there­fore not be forced to flee his home­land. Es­cap­ing, in his words, would lend cred­i­bil­ity to those tor­ment­ing him and his fam­ily that he had some­thing to hide.

Se­condly, he said he would not seek com­fort and pro­tec­tion else­where while some of his com­rades were be­ing picked up and tor­tured. And even­tu­ally he has paid the ul­ti­mate price; the kind he had waited — al­most im­pa­tiently — to pay. Sad still, this gov­ern­ment had the au­dac­ity to hurt Maa­parankoe’s fam­ily fur­ther by hastily pack­ag­ing some heav­ily doc­tored story on the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death. They want the na­tion to be­lieve the un­be­liev­able that there was an al­ter­ca­tion with his killers and that he re­sisted ar­rest.

Just how do you pack­age such base­less pro­pa­ganda when he was trav­el­ling with two other fam­ily mem­bers who wit­nessed the whole in­ci­dent? Even a fool can­not be­lieve this.

No words were ex­changed, he was sim­ply shot. It’s im­pos­si­ble to lie about this. His killers then dragged him for some dis­tance on the tar­mac with his face down, and the once smooth face now bears bruises it never had while he lived. His grue­some death will for­ever re­main in the con­science of some of the peo­ple in this gov­ern­ment.

To­day Gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao is history. All in the name of some hor­ri­bly smelly pol­i­tics this coun­try has cho­sen as its pre­ferred trade­mark. This is a man whose peers from the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity re­gion and fur­ther afield were con­vinced was a great as­set for the Le­sotho army but Ba­sotho usu­ally do not value, pro­tect and use their own as­sets.

They ei­ther kill or side­line them and in­stead em­brace medi­ocrity which leaves Le­sotho stag­nat­ing into a smelly dam from which even birds and an­i­mals can­not drink.

Com­ments from those in gov­ern­ment since Maa­parankoe was killed have been noth­ing short of unashamed ar­ro­gance and reck­less­ness in han­dling the sit­u­a­tion. What­ever state­ment they have made, his en­tire fam­ily has not de­tected any re­morse at what has hap­pened to their beloved son, hus­band and fa­ther, and the pain we are feel­ing has been fu­elled fur­ther. con­tin­ued on page 24...

FOR­MER army com­man­der maa­parankoe ma­hao.

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