Courts of law are the people’s last defence
IN this edition, lawyers for the 22 army officers incarcerated at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison over mutiny charges are planning to file another court application for contempt of court against Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander, Lieutenant-general Tlali Kamoli.
This is despite the High Court ruling, on more than one occasion, that the soldiers’ continued detention was illegal and ordering their immediate release. However, on both occasions, the LDF has used technicalities to mask their clear defiance of a court of law. This time around, the army is arguing that the High Court ruling had been “overtaken by events” because they had already instituted their own processes.
They may try to couch their insolence in technicalities, but it is as clear as day that the army is deliberately defying the courts, which are the last bastion of defence in a democratic country. If the courts of law lose their relevance, then it opens the door for anarchy and mayhem to ensue.
Ultimately, the rulings of the courts of law should remain sacrosanct and there is no individual or agency with the right to say otherwise.