Consultation key in solving famo debacle
ELSEWHERE in this edition, government has finally intervened in the bloody turf war between Famo musicians. This was after five people were gunned down last week in the latest incident of a feud which has claimed over 20 lives since 2009.
The intervention is long overdue given that countless lives have already been lost in the senseless violence meted out by the rival gangs. What is worse is that innocent bystanders and associates of the intended targets are caught in the crossfire of the melee.
This violence must be brought to an end and we support all initiatives to make that a reality. We are certainly averse to the government banning any form of expression because it sets a bad precedent. However, there is clearly a need for a mechanism by which hate speech and intolerance are sieved and regulated before they reach impressionable ears.
Indeed the caustic language that features prominently in some of the songs has done enough damage and cannot continue to be disseminated. Culture can never be a viable excuse for peddling hate and prejudice.
Ultimately, Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Likeleli Tampane has struck the right note by taking a consultative approach to dealing with the matter. In formulating a long term solution to this perennial problem, there is need for the input of the Famo artists themselves, civil society and government.