Ficksburg not a wise hiding place!
IAM this week remaining on the subject that Thomas Thabane must return home. Indeed he must. What is the reason of him continuing in hiding after he exposed his base? I don’t think it’s wise for anyone in hiding to reach the media by addressing a press conference. Yet this is what Ntate Thabane did. It was a bit unwise.
Last Friday, Uncle Tom chaperoned the media to his press conference at what is supposed to be his discreet hiding base.
Until that presser, not everyone knew where Cyclone Tom and his concubine were hiding. Emperor Kamoli, if he so chooses, can now easily deploy his snipers into Ficksburg and snuff Cyclone Tom at his now very famous hiding place.
And Emperor Kamoli has better chances of getting away with it if any sniping happens in Ficksburg. He will for starts simply ascribe Thabane’s killing to the rampaging bands of South African criminals. In South Africa, a man or woman is killed every 24 seconds.
That’s how staggering the crime rate is in the country of gold and platinum. Who will ever point a finger at Emperor Kamoli if ever he elected to perform any dastardly deeds in Ficksburg.
But if Uncle Tom is taken out at home, as he indeed fears, the outrage that will likely follow will deter the Emperor.
Ithus think Ntate Tom is better off at home now than in Ficksburg. Ficksburg was never a smart choice anyway for a hiding place. It is very sparsely populated. A bullet can be aimed at you right from the bakery section of USave, the only supermarket there, to hit you up to wherever you are because the place is so spacious everyone is visible there. So it is a contradiction of sorts for Uncle Tom to have hidden there.
But Uncle Tom can also be good at politicking. I have seen the copy of the agreement he signed with Ntate Mosisili to guarantee his safety upon his return. It’s a bit of an amateurish document. I don’t think it even passed through the hands of any of our local bush lawyers. Perhaps this is because it was hurriedly done.
But it is indeed an agreement in which Mr Size Two promises specific actions to guarantee Cyclone Tom’s return including providing him with a security detail from the LMPS and providing him with a government house. Uncle Tom must then return home within seven days of the signing of the agreement. Ntate Thabane nevertheless altered that section in his handwriting to read that he would return home “soonest” after the signing of the agreement and initialled all amendments he made in pen.
But at the press conference, Ntate Thabane referred to this very lucid agreement as being not an agreement but mere minutes of the meeting he had with Ntate Mosisili. Remember, his coalition with Ntate Metsing collapsed on account of his trashing agreements. It is one thing, however, to trash agreements as a sitting prime minister with power than doing the same when you are in opposition.
The question now is what trick can be pulled to get Thabane back home. It seems Ntate Mosisili is also equally desperate to get Thabane back home not out of the benevolence or kindness of his heart but because this it is the best way to buttress the charade that all is well in Lesotho.
So instead of deploying snipers, why not organise a militia from within the LDF to go and abduct Liabiloe and bring her back to Lesotho. I bet Ntate Thabane will come running for his cutie Liabiloe. Once here, the ABC may then put him under house arrest after telling him the party cannot continue leaderless and rudderless.
This may all sound a bit silly, but I am desperate for Ntate Thabane to return and be present here. His fears are understandable but politics is all about risk taking.
The SADC inquiry which started on Monday is our best opportunity to heal this country and chart a way forward. Every key leader must present evidence before this inquiry. Every Mosotho of any consequence, yours truly included, must appear before it.
Ntate Thabane must appear before it and have his views captured. Ntate Mosisili did the right thing and appeared before it yesterday. But, I shall retain a verdict for now on the efficacy of his performance.
Ntate Thabane must follow suit as he is the biggest opposition leader. So should Ntate ‘Maseribane and Auntie Keke. It’s through the comprehensiveness of submissions from all key role players that the Inquiry can be properly guided to issue the right prescriptions for our ailing country. But in his rant elsewhere in this newspaper, Ntate Maseribane says him and his fellow exiles will all not come.
Even though they want to make submissions before the Commissions, Maseribane wants the commission to follow the three to Ficksburg. This to me sounds a bit foolhardy and imprudent.
What if the SADC Commission refuses to follow these three exiles to Ficksburg. To me this will be a huge missed opportunity.
Even if they want to keep themselves in exile, these three leaders must come home at least to appear before the commission only — even if this will take a few hours or one day — before they go back.
Idon’t think Emperor Kamoli will make any move against them as feared by them. Surely Emperor Kamoli can’t be foolish enough, even by his own deranged standards, to take the lives of all the three opposition leaders at one go. I absolutely don’t think so. Moreso when the Emperor fears exposure from the Commission as evidenced by his last ditch bid to alter its terms of reference.
To avoid any risks to their lives, the three may also consider entering Lesotho holding each other tightly around the shoulders with Auntie Keke sitting tightly in the middle. Surely Emperor Kamoli wouldn’t dare knock off all the three of them.
One thing we must avoid as Basotho is to let this commission go without enough facts and information to assist it in making helpful decisions.
The commission has already boldly shown its independence and resolve to do a good job. It has started by rejecting Emperor Kamoli’s last minute attempt to alter its terms of reference and accommodate his whims and caprices.
Ichuckled at listening to some of the requests: that is treating the LDF as one single entity and not pinpointing its members in all its activities under probe including the slaying of brother Maaparankoe? Equally amazing was the request that the Commission desist from interrogating issues around the alleged mutiny .
I could not help but ask myself; which legal genius suggested that the LDF comes up with these last minute proposals. Whoever that person is, they propably live in a parallel universe. The advise must have come from a very bad sniper.
Anyway the Inquiry’s chairman has boldly demonstrated he won’t be bullied. The question is won’t he too become a target of sniping. Me thinks not. I don’t think there would be any snipings during the duration of the Inquiry.
Which is why I think Uncle Tom is foolish to cocoon himself in the not too discreet Ficksburg instead of coming home to do what is right. Perhaps this is his only chance of seeing home. Come Tom Come !!!