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.

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