Who is ad­vis­ing Hashatsi?

Lesotho Times - - Scrutator -

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?

Ache!!!!

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili

Lieu­tenant-colonel tefo Hashatsi

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