Lekhanya is right but . . .

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

I AGREE with a num­ber of is­sues raised by For­mer Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Mets­ing Lekhanya, “We are headed for chaos — Lekhanya” ( Le­sotho Times, July 30, 2015) ex­cept for the old school way of think­ing that the mil­i­tary is pre­em­i­nent.

This as­ser­tion tells me Ntate Lekhanya still sup­ports his de­ci­sion to oust for­mer premier Le­abua Jonathan. Ntate Lekhanya may wish to know or be re­minded that the mil­i­tary’s role is to pro­tect the state and its peo­ple.

Politi­cians are demo­crat­i­cally-elected by the peo­ple and there­fore have a right to con­trol the mil­i­tary. Politi­cians rep­re­sent the peo­ple by be­ing voted into power, the mil­i­tary who are the peo­ple also with a demo­cratic right to vote, must suc­cumb to politi- cal lead­er­ship.

The mil­i­tary should sim­ply be de­politi­cised and know they serve the gov­ern­ment of the day and not cer­tain politi­cians as is the case right now.


FOR­MER LDF Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Mets­ing Lekhanya sounds very bi­ased in his com­ments. But I am not sur­prised; he is a Ba­sotho Na­tional Party guy.

His sen­ti­ments are ex­actly what you would ex­pect from a Congress per­son if asked to com­ment about any­thing con­cern­ing the BNP. Although he raises some se­ri­ous­ri­ous points of con­cern, he is not hon­est.

The army was killing more Ba­sotho sotho dur­ing his ten­ure than at any oth­er­her time. Where was the re­spect for hu­man life and God’s im­age dur­ing his ten­ure? He must just shut up!

Phakoe Lilomong.mong. IN re­sponse to “Mis­ery dogs farm­ing fam­i­lies” ( Le­sotho Times, July 30, 2015), when I en­vis­aged my­self in Ha-makhoathi vil­lager Napo Ra­malepe’s shoes and other Ba­sotho, tears welled in my eyes.

I re­mem­bered that Le­sotho was once re­garded as the “gra­nary of the Re­pub­lic of South Africa” but to­day her cit­i­zens can­not even sur­vive on sub­sis­tence farm­ing.

A plethora of ques­tions kept bounc­ing back and forth in my mind; should we pray to “Chi­uta and Leza” to shower us with his rain of bene­dic­tions?

Should we keep sign­ing and dis­cussing the UNFCC COP 19 and COP 21 with­out ex­e­cut­ing it?

Should we go to Sin­ga­pore and ex­hume Lee Kuan Yew to come and res­cue us?

Should we go to Is­rael?, Should we be­come “car boot” lawyers? Should we fran­ti­cally call Dr Ser­gio Canavero to per­form two mil­lion head trans­plants in the Moun­tain King­dom? Should we wait for Un­cle Sam’s do­na­tions? Should we re-es­tab­lish the car wash busi­nesses? Should we rest on our lau­rels as a “sick na­tion” and drink “Ea­gle Lager?” Should we wait for the next three fu­tile decades of “Pink Pan­ther & Pals coali­tion?”

Should we wait for Cy­clone Tom? Should we wait for King­maker or Marsh­mal­low? Should we take a cue from the late for­mer Le­sotho De­fence Force com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao who said farm­ing is the way to go?

Let’s keep his dream alive by 2017 and re­turn our mother­land to its hey­day.


TO the lead­ers of this na­tion I am sure our king Moshoeshoe I is so dis­ap­pointed in you.

How could you turn our coun­try into a cir­cus? Stop what you are do­ing.

Con­cerned citizen.

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