Consolidate open justice
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To its credit the government of Lesotho in particular and of course private media, have made the proceedings of the Phumaphi Commission as open to the public as possible.
There has been wall-to-wall delayed television and radio coverage of the whole proceedings.
I am saying government deserves credit because virtually the technical expertise to make live transmission possible is government owned.
Transparency and openness of the proceedings have obvious huge benefits to all the parties to the proceedings, the general public and the international media, and public.
Openness keeps the Commission behaving properly at least in the public perception though I should hasten to add, not to be interpreted to impute even a modicum of impropriety on the courts or the Commission.
Further, openness acts as a safeguard for the proper administration of justice and the knowledge that hearings held in public engenders further attendance by the public at the State Library Auditorium and increasing viewership and listenership, though I do not have the figures, are testament to my assertion of increasing popularity of the Commission.
Moreover, openness can mean more accurate decisions during hearing, for instance, the proceedings can spur witnesses to come forth or encourage others to submit new evidence or dispute publicized statements.
Further, owing to the anticipated, openness of its proceedings benefits democracy in a general sense because the public and international community particularly domestic skeptics, see how particular laws affect particular people and therefore the public are in a better position to advise lawmakers about such laws.
Without a doubt, it was generally gratifying to see the top officials testifying before the Commission including Prime Minister Mosisili, his Deputy, Ministers, the Commander of the Armed Forces and all the powerful officials in government testifying before the Commission.