Where is the coali­tion gov­ern­ment bill?

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While le­sotho is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a change of cul­ture in terms of en­gage­ment in pub­lic af­fairs, what is ob­serv­able is that the in­creased de­sire to be in­volved and do par­tic­i­pate in the pub­lic dis­course does not mean in­creased un­der­stand­ing but just par­ti­san ac­tivism.

The dan­ger of sim­ply ac­tive rank and file is the lead­er­ship medi­ocrity and gen­eral de­gen­er­a­tion of pub­lic af­fairs into pri­vate mat­ters. One way of gaug­ing one’s po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity and as­sess­ing level of con­sci­en­ti­sa­tion in pub­lic af­fairs is to check one’s abil­ity to recog­nise ob­jec­tiv­ity even when that does not pro­mote one’s po­lit­i­cal side.

The ques­tion “Where is Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment Bill?” and the con­se­quen­tial de­bate pro­vide a prac­ti­cal test for this.

For many novices in pub­lic af­fairs en­gage­ment would not be any­thing ex­cept naïve par­ti­san de­bates. When pos­i­tiv­ity is iden­ti­fied and ac­knowl­edged in gov­ern­ment, those in op­po­si­tion see that as noth­ing but pro­mo­tion of gov­ern­ment at the ex­pense of op­po­si­tion. When gov­ern­ment is re­buked and called to or­der those in gov­ern­ment par­ties be­come para­noid.

When this and the sis­ter col­umn in the sis­ter news­pa­per dis­cussed the Khokanyana phiri coali­tion agree­ment pro­gramme and ap­plauded the team of seven for start­ing with the pro­gramme, the novices in pub­lic af­fairs, saw that as pro­mot­ing the coali­tion sim­ply be­cause they could not fit the de­bate in what their ori­en­ta­tion in pol­i­tics has taught them. in the mean­time, those af­fil­i­ated to gov­ern­ment par­ties were com­forted by the fact that they were pos­i­tively ap­praised.

When the same gov­ern­ment was called to ac­count for acts of gov­ern­ment agen­cies that were against the agree­ment pro­gramme such as vi­o­la­tions of rights, the re­ac­tion was not sim­ple in­dif­fer­ence but an out­right at­tack on those who re­minded coali­tion its com­mit­ment. in­stead of ris­ing in protest against lead­ers who de­vi­ate from agreed pro­gramme, ac­tivists fight those who call for ad­her­ence to the coali­tion agree­ment pro­gramme.

Why? is be­cause of in­ad­e­quate ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what is wrong and right or just blind obe­di­ence to those who do not want to be held ac­count­able? For the po­lit­i­cal ap­pren­tices the busi­ness is to ap­plaud to­day and con­demn to­mor­row the same per­sons, or­gan­i­sa­tions or ac­tors not on is­sues holis­ti­cally but only to the ex­tent that they feel scorned or pro­moted what­ever the case may be.

While this is un­healthy for le­sotho pol­i­tics and to a very great ex­tent ir­ri­tat­ing, aban­don­ing and ig­nor­ing this sec­tor can only be a foundation for a big­ger trou­ble which will to­mor­row be de­scribed as dis­as­ter to this King­dom.

if po­lit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion is left to un­scrupu­lous politi­cians who can do any­thing in­clud­ing use of resources to re­cruit youth into po­lit­i­cal my­opias, do not say it is a dis­as­ter when it yields re­sults but a de­sign. Part of al­ter­na­tive for this is for the reader to gauge one’s po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity by as­sess­ing one’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the is­sues raised here within one’s po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

The last para­graph of the Coali­tion Agree­ment pro­gramme reads “the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment will within six months of the sign­ing of this agree­ment bring a Bill to the house to con­firm the le­gal sta­tus of the coali­tion agree­ment. This Bill will re­flect the in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice”. Hallo Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment!

The Coali­tion Agree­ment was signed on Fri­day 10th April 2015 by lead­ers of seven po­lit­i­cal par­ties mak­ing this gov­ern­ment and Oc­to­ber 10th 2015 shall mark the end of six months pe­riod contemplated in the agree­ment.

hello, Coali­tion Governemnt! is this prom­ise still go­ing to be full­filled? In terms of Sec­tion D1 of the same Agree­ment Coali­tion lead­ers shall meet as fre­quently as monthly or more to dis­cuss governemnt pro­gramme and leg­isla­tive and pol­icy pro­gramme progress.

What progress has lead­ers re­ceived on this prom­ise? While the Prime Min­is­ter, also the chair of the said fo­rum should tell how far and whether the dead­line set by his governemnt will still be met, each and ev­ery­one of the seven lead­ers must ac­count be­cause that should have been raised and or re­ported in the contemplated monthly meet­ings. Do coali­tion lead­ers meet monthly and for the pur­poses en­shirined in Sec­tion D1 of the agree­ment?

if no, why not? if yes, what progress re­port has been given on this pro­posed law? This may not be solely put on lead­ers but to the par­lai­men­ta­r­i­ans of the governemnt side as well. In Sec­tion D2, it is pro­vided that there shall be motnhly joint par­lai­men­tary cau­cus to con­sider any mat­ter they may wish to raise with one an­other. MPS, where is the Bill? What has been dis­ciussed in the monthly joint par­lia­men­tary cau­cus?

Are the cau­cuses, there? if no, why not? if yes what have they said about this pro­vi­sion with time­lines? May be th­ese ques­tions are dif­fi­cult for the im­ple­menters who right from the be­gin­ning have com­mit­ted that they will set up a mon­i­tor­ing group made of party rep­re­sen­ta­tives and peo­ple with ex­per­tise and who may be agreed upon by all par­ties.

The re­al­ity is that those who are con­cerned with im­ple­men­ta­tion are not nec­es­sar­ily ready for mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion as their task. This is why it was a good in­ten­tion in the first place for the Khokanyana Phiri gov­ern­ment ar­chi­tects to think of mon­i­tor­ing as a dis­tinct task. This group which was to be set up within three months should have de­vel­oped pro­cesses and time­lines for bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion, re­view and eval­u­a­tion.

Un­der­stand­ably this was sup­posed to be a pub­lic doc­u­ment like the par­ent doc­u­ment it­self for ease of ac­cess and pub­lic en­gage­ment. is this un­der­stand­ing mis­placed? hello, Coali­tion gov­ern­ment Mon­i­tor­ing Group, is the Bill still to be ex­pected within six months? Per­haps the ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tion is, has the group been es­tab­lished? if no, why not? if yes, who are mem­bers and what is the way of op­er­a­tion? Is it a closed or pub­lic of­fice that can be ac­cessed by other groups like civil so­ci­ety for pro­gres­sive en­gage­ment?

The Coali­tion com­mit­ment to bring Coali­tion Bill within six months was not only the most clearly de­fined prom­ise within the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment Agree­ment pro­gramme but it also re­flected the level of un­der­stand­ing of those form­ing gov­ern­ment on how Sec­tion 87(2) of the Le­sotho con­sti­tu­tion has been mu­ti­lated since 1993.

Fol­low­ing the New Zealand trip and the sub­se­quent re­port, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in par­tic­u­lar De­vel­op­ment for Peace Ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­tated pub­lic de­bate in the vil­lages over the nec­es­sary re­forms. Un­der Sec­tion Five on Com­mu­nity Voices on Nec­es­sary Re­forms in par­tic­u­lar in the Sub Sec­tion 5.2.9 pages 31-33 of the Com­mu­nity Voices Re­port on New Zealand Re­port of 2014, 69 per­cent of the com­mu­ni­ties wanted steps of gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion af­ter elec­tions to be cod­i­fied. So the Coali­tion Agree­ment that came af­ter com­mu­nity voices was seen as a di­rect re­sponse to com­mu­ni­ties and as pro­gres­sive de­par­ture from the mis­ap­pli­ca­tion of Sec­tion 87(2) of the con­sti­tu­tion.

The Sec­tion Six on Po­lit­i­cal Party Views in 6.3 Party Views, pages 34-35, of the same re­port cap­tures the con­sen­sus of po­lit­i­cal par­ties which were con­sulted on the com­mu­nity voices as fol­lows

“The need for the cod­i­fi­ca­tion of steps to be fol­lowed af­ter elec­tions in the for­ma­tion of the new gov­ern­ment. Since this is not nec­es­sar­ily some­thing that may need new law, but rather in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion and other laws, it could even be in­tro­duced through Stand­ing Or­ders or in an­other agreed way”.

in this way op­po­si­tion par­ties should not be spared of the ques­tion be­cause they ear­lier ex­pressed a need for such and in their duty to push gov­ern­ment to de­liver the good to the peo­ple should be able to ac­count. Where is coali­tion gov­ern­ment bill?

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