Who is advising Hashatsi?
Amid our ever straining economic and political vicissitudes, we tend to ignore very simple but good things that happen around us. Yes these things are very simple, but they are also of much significance.
There is one thing that the new coalition government has done for which no one has ever bothered to give it credit; and that is ensuring a perfect official portrait for Prime minister Ntate mosisili.
I really never liked the official portraits of Ntate mosisili during the 14 years that he served as Prime Minister until Cyclone Tom swept him off his pedestal in 2012, albeit for a brief three years. Those past official portraits were mostly glum and uninspiring.
i particularly hated the one the government issued during Ntate mosisili’s last year in power. His eyes were blood red. His beard unkempt. His spectacles looked oversized. in fact, it was as if the portrait was shot while Ntate was high on nyaope. Of course, the Prime Minister is a smart man and would never consume such a horrendous substance. Whenever i have been in his company and he has felt the need to get a bit high, he has done so at the expense of a few shots of Johny red. But that last 2011/2012 official portrait mad him look really bad. It was a national embarrassment. it was as if it was shot soon after Ntate had just finished conducting circumcision school.
Nothing of that sort can of course be said of the new official portrait. It is immaculate. it was shot after Ntate mosisili had certainly taken a long nice bath and possibly a good farcial and massage. He looks fresh.
He looks handsome. it’s a pity that he did not widen his smile.
Whenever i walk into any government office now, I first stare at Ntate mosisili’s portrait. it is so handsome it will make both Thabo Thakalekoala and Thomas Thabane green with envy, not to mention Barack Obama.
So congratulations for the guys behind this immaculate portrait. An official portrait is a significant national symbol. Every country wants its leader to look good. Robert mugabe is now 91 years old and no longer amenable to any attractive shots. So his creative handlers have now gone to the archives and plucked out his official portrait when he was still 57 years old. That is what is now pinned in all Zimbabwe government offices.
At least Ntate mosisili looks like he is 32 years old in his latest official portrait. I am immensely happy with that. Congratulations to all those behind this great piece of work
Now to the serious stuff.
Every individual has a right to take their cases to court and vindicate whichever rights they are entitled to. But legal action taken just for the sake of it is quite dispiriting. In fact, it may backfire spectacularly.
i am not sure that Ntate Hashatsi properly applied his mind before he decided to challenge the SADC’S Phumaphi commission of inquiry in court.
Having gone through his court papers, i am at a complete loss as to the point of his legal action.
Remember what i said at the inception of the Phumaphi inquiry. This was our very own truth and reconciliation commission (TRC). Our own moment of truth. If properly conducted and if it produces honest findings, the Phumaphi inquiry would help us heal the deep wounds that now fester in our minds and hearts.
The point of any inquiry of this sort is never to promote retribution perse. Just like South Africa’s widely acclaimed TRC, the purpose of any truth and reconciliation commission is to promote reconciliation. But there can never be any true reconciliation among squabbling citizens without the truth being first unearthed. There can never be reconciliation without justice and peace.
if we all seek the truth around events that have divided us, then we establish the foundation for proper reconciliation. if we all promote the truth, then we lay the base of finding each other and forgiving each other. if we confess the truth, we face a better chance of repenting.
After bitter centuries of institutionalised racism, Desmond Tutu’s TRC helped heal deep wounds. Those who appeared before it and confessed their sins were forgiven despite the heinous nature of their crimes. Those who dithered were sent to jail.
The Phumaphi report can only help us heal the deep seated wounds and ructions that the cold blooded murder of maaparankoe has sown in our hearts. it can only help us find the truth that will enable us to in turn find each other as Basotho and be able to go forward.
SADC did not wake up and foist this commission upon us. it was requested by us. Government hacks were all eager to claim this point at the time of the commission’s inception. So what has gone wrong now? The fact that the commission is expected to issue damning findings against certain individuals should not be a reason to sabotage it.
Who exactly is advising Ntate it Lehlohonolo Scott. Hope not.
Whatever the motive behind his court case,
Hashatsi? is Ntate Hashatsi is wrong. Please don’t throw spanners in the works. Let’s have Phumaphi’s report become public. Lets hear the findings of a commission we were never forced to accept.
Let’s hear what the commission will say about you Ntate? Why are you scared about its findings related to you? Do you have anything to hide? The more you seek to sabotage this commission, the more you foist a permanent cloud around you.
The possibility that the commission may recommend that you and King Kamoli be hung around a tree and stoned by passers by should indeed be a cause of worry. But if i were you, i would not be worried. i would say, if this is what is needed to bring sanity to my country, to bring Basotho together, to make Lesotho great again (with due respect to Donald Trump), so be it. It’s called putting the country first. Rumour has it that Scott studied law after his infamous jailbreak and many years spent in South Africa. if he is your legal advisor, please ditch him. Thulo Hoane might be a better option.
just cannot stop being impressed by new Tanzanian President John magufuli and the way he has actually been putting his words into action. As expressed in last week’s instalment, Lady Scrutator has been charmed by magufuli, not least because of his good looks, energy and vitality.
magufuli has deservedly made waves on the international and African stage with his no-nonsense approach towards laziness and corruption.
On his first day in charge, Magufuli signalled the end of business as usual in Tanzania with a surprise visit to the finance ministry, where he berated and fired civil servants who were not at their desks. Since then, he has cancelled lavish independence day celebrations to free up funds to fight a cholera outbreak; slashed the budget for a state dinner to celebrate the opening of parliament, using the money to buy hospital beds; and banned foreign travel for all government officials except the president, vice-president and prime minister.
if you thought it was only magufuli who was not tolerating nonsense, Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, turned up unannounced at dar es Salaam’s port recently, and discovered a major tax discrepancy, costing an estimated $40 million (M582.7 million) in lost revenue. The head of the Tanzania Revenue Authority was immediately put under arrest, along with five of his top lieutenants, pending a criminal investigation.
agufuli’s new broom has been welcomed by citizens of Africa, who are tired of the endemic corruption that has stunted the country’s progress for decades. His dramatic measures have even won over some opposition politicians. According to Zitto Kabwe, the head of the Alliance for Change and Transparency-wazalendo, a minor political party he is fully behind magufuli’s anti-corruption crusade.
“We have built strong opposition based on [a] grand corruption agenda. Now we have a president who has decided to join us in this crusade. He is cutting unnecessary spending, focusing on delivering essential public services, and has issued a directive to enhance revenue collection. Why should we oppose him?” he said.
Word to the wise among our politicians: Just deliver to the people and don’t take from the national cookie jar, and you will even get the respect of your bitter enemies.
The reason magufuli’s austere approach is resonating with so many people in Africa and beyond is that the continent is tired with endless corruption scandals and government excesses, where even the most egregious scams don’t rattle anyone.
For example, last month, Swaziland’s King mswati took his harem of 15 wives, 30 children and over 100 servants with him to a recent india-africa conference in india, booking out 200 hotel rooms in advance.
eanwhile, in Lesotho a performance audit carried out last month by Auditor-general for the 2013/14 financial year unearthed wanton maladministration and corruption in the old-age pension scheme. The report revealed that the Department of Civil Registry promised but failed to transfer all data collected to the Pensions Office, creating loopholes which the fraudsters have since been exploiting.
According to the report, at a single paypoint in Semonkong, taxpayers lost m90 300 through the payment of ghost pensioners. Such incidents of daylight robbery are continuing unabated in the public service and elsewhere. in fact, the pension scheme scandal is just the tip of an iceberg.
Shocking revelations such as these are unlikely to shock our politicians who are perpetrating their own daylight robbery with their m500 000 interest-free “loans”. How can they bring civil servants to order when they are chowing from the same feeding trough?
in Lesotho, instead of leading the anticorruption crusade, a number of politicians are the ones accused of being corrupt.
How about an internship in Tanzania for a few folks from our own Team Pakalitha and Pals coalition?
PRIME Minister Pakalitha Mosisili
Lieutenant-colonel tefo Hashatsi