Thakalekoala loses the plot
WHY Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (the indefatigable Cyclone Tom) ever thought of appointing one Thabo Thakalekoala as his official spokesman shall forever remain one of the biggest mysteries of modern politics and one of history’s major astonishments. I am of course referring to the period that Cyclone Tom still had the whole world in his palms and was prime minister. As premier, he needed a bright capable cohort to speak on his behalf. And, because of the auspiciousness of that position, every president or prime minister goes out of their way to appoint the most appropriate person.
When you speak for a President or Prime Minister, you are as good as the leader you are speaking for. A good leader will thus choose a person who mirrors the leader’s own image.
Perhaps this is the only reason why the immensely handsome Ntate Thabane ever thought of appointing Thakalekoala. Cyclone Tom just wanted a man as pretty as him to be his spokesperson. I cannot fathom any other reason.
A prime minister or president’s spokesperson must be articulate and highly knowledgeable, ready to tackle any questions put before them by the ever prying hacks (journalists). Thakalekoala does not possess any of these attributes. Good looks are also an indispensable requirement for a presidential or prime minister’s spokesman. Just consider the spokesmen for Barack Obama and David Cameroon in the US and UK respectively.
I know of no instance in which a man or woman without an entire set of teeth has ever been appointed to become spokesperson of a president or prime minister anywhere in the world.
Presidents and prime ministers often pick their spokespersons from people with remarkable records in the journalism or communications field. Perhaps this could be another reason why upon assuming the reigns of office, Ntate Thabane turned to Thakalekoala. Except that Thakalekoala’s reign in the Lesotho media was as inconspicuous as it was unremarkable.
Before his flirtations at Harvest FM, where he used his programme to advertise himself as a potential politician than engaging in serious journalism, Thakalekoala had been editor of an innocuous publication that slithered into the streets once or twice a quarter or whenever its proprietors had sold a few chickens and got money to print. So why could Ntate Thabane ever have appointed him as spokesman then?
The only reason I can fathom is that the immensely handsome Ntate Thabane looked for someone who could mirror his own handsomeness. But as a spokesman, Thakalekoala was a big disaster. Shooting from the hip was his modus operandi and he often issued statements that conflicted with his boss.
I was thus not surprised when Cyclone Tom eventually decided to disown his handsome spokesman. This after Thakalekoala convened an unsanctioned press conference at which he lied that Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing was on a mission to seek advance amnesty from regional leaders just in case the recently concluded SADC commission of inquiry implicated him in the murder of Maaparankoe Mahao.
So embarrassing was this fiction that Cyclone Tom issued a vicious statement against his once trusted ally. “I hear people saying Thabo is my spokesperson and think that he speaks on my behalf on everything. But let me set the record straight here and now: Thabo is not my spokesperson,” Cyclone Tom fumed.
BNP leader Thesele ‘ Maseribane and the RCL’S auntie Keketso Rantšo also had some choice words for Thakalekoala after he claimed to have been representing them as well.
Since Thakalekoala has an entire set of teeth missing, Scrutator won’t accuse him of lying through his teeth. One does not need to be a fan of Metsing to see through Thakalekoala’s fabrications.
While Thakalekoala has every reason to hate Metsing, I cannot understand why he would go out of his way to make such silly and childish accusations against the DPM.
Whenever I am down and out as I was this week, I always look for news from Zimbabwe for some comic relief since that whole country is an entire joke.
Some of you will remember that Zimbabwe is the only country in the world that holds a Mr Ugly contest. The competition was fought over last week. But the Mr Ugly contest turned ugly last Friday when the runner-up accused judges of bias.
Maison Sere was crowned the ugliest of them all at this year’s contest, beating out 35 other competitors as he flashed his toothless grin and pulled grotesque facial expressions.
Sere took the title from William Masvinu, the reigning Mr Ugly champ since 2012. Masvinu and his fans went into an uproar and disputed the judges’ ruling saying Sere was too “handsome” because he played up on his missing teeth.
Some politicians who were enraged by Thakalekoala’s press conference said he would have better spent his time contesting in Zimbabwe’s Mr Ugly competition than waste time on a useless press conference saying a lot of gibberish disowned by his leaders.
I disagree with that point of view though. They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Scrutator thinks that despite being an awful spokesperson of anyone, Thakalekoala is immensely handsome man.
Please study the above pictures of Thakalekoala and Sere and make your own judgment. Even though one set of his teeth is missing, Thakalekoala will probably be adjudged to be too handsome to snatch Sere’s title. But if the judges indeed rig the election and Thakalekoala wins, he will earn good money to spend in exile.