Do unto others . . .
with retorts like their demise was not out of the ordinary as they were just like other ordinary Basotho and no further debates on their death were tolerated. For the life of me, both were no ordinary mortals like most of us, as for the late general messages of condolences and anguish were heard from as far afield as the United Nations, the African Union, SADC and Commonwealth to name a few. For Tšosane literally thousands were bereft of a sole breadwinner and provider and the whole Maseru and other areas like the general’s funeral, came to a virtual standstill. Royalty and dignitaries attended both their respective funerals yet government said they were just like any other deaths.
Granted, a death of anybody is one death too many but to contemptuously brush aside the two men’s death as non- event not deserving of parliamentary debate is an aberration and unacceptable in the extreme. You can imagine the trauma and suffering caused by these deaths. It is serious indictment on the type of government we have, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you….”
Termination of employment contracts Soon after coming into office in March 2015, the newly formed seven-party coalition government terminated en masse employment contracts and diplomatic tours of duty of several Principal Secretaries, diplomats and incumbents of strategic positions, arguing that they were appointed by the previous government and therefore sympathetic to that government. This the new government did at massive cost of millions of Maloti to the fiscus that could have been better disbursed for the socio-economic development and social upliftment of millions of impoverished Basotho who ironically also voted this government into power democratically.
To make matters worse these ditched employees are Basotho who are equally entitled like everybody else, to serve this nation yet they were being denied this opportunity by their own government. The government would rather pay salaries of two very senior posts, many of them, for that matter, rather than channel that much-needed revenue to deserving courses to the trauma and suffering caused by these wholesale dismissals, on the affected families and others.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”
These accounts are not exhaustive, all but chronicle a litany of misconduct and utterances that our politicians would do wise not to visit on anybody. As the impeccable saying goes, to paraphrase it: do unto others that which you would expect them to visit on you.