Do unto oth­ers . . .

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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.

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