Sejanamane’s paralysis of analysis
What is interesting here is that, at the time of the purported dismissal, Dr Mosisili was in the opposition and was not even the leader of the opposition. the question is how did he aid lt-gen Kamoli in not accepting his dismissal? Maybe we should be told how he did this.
the fact of the matter is the last government was a coalition just like the current one. Even a first-year political science student knows that coalitions are based primarily on consultation and trust.
the principle of consultation in a coalition government is sacrosanct. it is the foundation of this type of government whether in Europe, Middle East or even in lesotho. Coalition governments thrive and fall on this principle among many. there are many examples in israel, Germany, Switzerland and india.
Just because the current Constitution of lesotho was myopically written on this issue without clearly explaining the workings of a coalition government, the professor claims that Dr thabane had a constitutional right to fire Lt-gen Kamoli unilaterally. Even Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi says so, a strange phenomenon indeed.
that is not how coalition governments operate. a prime minister should consult his coalition partners at all times on major issues such as the removal of the army commander. this principle must be adhered to whether the ABC likes it or not.
this paralysis of analysis must be challenged and the public should not be given this poison. lesotho had gone for an early election just two and half years after the successful 2012 elections because of this misguided thinking.
Elections are not cheap and the country had to spend over M400 million because of this skewed thinking. this type of paralysed analysis should not at all be countenanced by well-intentioned people in this country. Dr thabane was wrong in dismissing lt-gen Kamoli without consulting his coalition partners since he could not act unilaterally in a coalition government.
the claim that Dr Mosisili fears the wrath of lt-gen Kamoli is not only big joke, but an embarrassment, from a person of a professorial status. How can a PM fear a mere civil servant like lt-gen Kamoli? this is where we query whether Professor Sejanamane is making this claim on behalf of ABC or he just elected to make a skewed analysis.
it is this type of paralysis of analysis that one will expect from a low level politician, not a political scientist. lt-gen Kamoli is a mere civil servant. He has no power or even constitutional status to order any government around.
all state institutions are legally bound to stick to the laws of the land. that is what institutional autonomy is all about. Maybe we should revisit our political philosophy and democratic readings. People like James Steward Mill and Johns locke among others can be of great assistance here.
the coalition government cannot be analogous to civil servants. it is far above them. it cannot be reduced to lt-gen Kamoli’s level. It is this reductionism that I find most unfortunate.
Prime Minister Mosisili and
Lt-gen Kamoli alliance Professor Sejanamane also alleged that Dr Mosisili established an alliance with lt-gen Kamoli. in political science lexicon, there is no such an alliance between a political party leader and an individual let alone between a serving prime minister and a civil servant. Where the esteemed professor got this from is baffling.
the 2014 Maseru Security accord that was administered by SADC mediator, South african Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and signed by the head of the lesotho armed Forces, Political parties, Christian Council of lesotho and Ngos, clearly stated that, the next 2015 February government was going to make determination about the fate of these three individuals.
Subsequent to the 2013 Maseru Security accord, lt-gen Kamoli became a mobilising issue among political parties vying for political office. That is if we still believe in democracy.
ABC and its alliance parties (note the proper usage of the word alliance), stated clearly, to their supporters that if elected into office, they would reinstate Maaparankoe Mahao and former police commissioner Khothatso tšooana while the Democratic Congress (DC) and its alliance parties preferred ltGen Kamoli.
Congress parties were duly elected on that mandate and there was no secret about this. Voters voted for the DC alliance on that basis. they knew and expected a Dc-led government to reinstate lt-gen Kamoli. the February 2015 elections came. of course the rest is history.
is this where the so called alliance comes from? i hope the professor still recalls these events clearly. it is a mistake and politically incorrect to claim that the current prime minister is in an alliance with his civil servants. He is their boss and he will remain so until the end of his term.
From coup d’état to attempted coup Since November 2014, most people in government started complaining that Mr Ramaphosa did not address security challenges in lesotho. these people who were com- plaining were not in opposition but in power.
What was surprising has been that they were even claiming in their rallies that ltGen Kamoli had toppled their government on 30th august 2014. Strange enough, the government then, did not prefer charges of this heinous act in a democracy to lt-gen Kamoli but agreed to sign the Maseru Security accord. Even after losing elections, their song was “Kamoli toppled our government”.
Both Professor Sejanamane and Dr thabane have now termed the events of 30 august 2014 as an attempted coup. Professor Sejanamane hastened to argue that the South african government was not going to countenance a coup in their midst.
in the lesotho times story “thabane vows not to return until Kamoli is fired” (24 March 2016) the former PM stated that “if SADC does not provide me with security the way they did after the coup attempt (of august 2014), then those soldiers will surely assassinate me once i am back in lesotho.”
So now the narrative has changed from coup to attempted coup. We may recall that after the opposition realised that they had failed to form government, they started selling the coup and security story to everybody.
they claimed that lt-gen Kamoli must be charged for high treason for toppling a legitimate government in august 2014. By the way, even the Phumaphi report said so recently. this is amazing indeed.
among all these claims of coups and attempted coups, nobody gives us the essential elements of an attempted coup. We all know that attempted coups must be resisted by revolutionary means or by force of arms. all these were not attainable during that period of the purported coup.
if the professor and company can at least give us the characteristics of an attempted coup at least we would put this matter to bed. if only he can expatiate how that military operation qualifies as the attempted coup.
What we know and what most people do not want to talk about was the impending bloodbath that was going to ensue on 1 September 2014 during the lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and its congress alliance parties march for lifting prorogation that was so undemocratically evoked by the former PM had the army not mounted that operation of disarming some police elements in the Special Support Unit (SSU). it is wise to discuss developmental issues rather than these imaginary coups and attempted coups.
The aid thesis the professor now ventures into another controversial issue of aid. We all know that aid is fungible. it is a highly contested terrain. You win some you lose others. For example, in early March 2016, lesotho got the highest aid from the US government for combating HIV/AIDS.
i wonder what is going to be said this time around. We have won now, tomorrow we might lose, and who knows and life goes on. of course we want to win aid all the time, but it is not always the case. We may recall that the professor’s leader and our former PM, never discussed the HIV/AIDS pandemic in his rallies, it was a taboo.
to be fair to our former PM, he never said anything of substance in his rallies. He is a very amusing character who immensely enjoys entertaining his followers. Never talks about policy or developmental issues apart from looking down on women. in other words he lacks the substance and political finesse of a mature politician.
Death of Westphalia State Sovereignty. i’m really shocked by the Professor’s paralysis of analysis. He is suggesting that state sovereignty is dead. But we all know that despite the ravages of globalisation, the state sovereignty has resisted. otherwise why are we consistently urging countries to elect leaders in free and fair and credible elections?
to rule who? over what? of course the Westphalia state has been altered, but not to the extent that the 600 war changes that brought about the Westphalia treaty is totally meaningless today.
i think the professor has lost the plot here. the state sovereignty has stubbornly resisted globalization and its regional relatives. SADC will never impose itself on lesotho or even appoint, dismiss any army general. that is entirely in the hands of the lesotho government not as the professor suggests. SADC respects the sovereignty of lesotho and that will not change.
But SADC is here to assist lesotho by all means. that does not at all mean it will dictate to lesotho, Basotho and their government. Professor Sejanamane must understand this clearly. the Westphalia State Sovereignty is very much alive today.
Conclusion in conclusion, let me put it clearly to Professor Sejanamane; Prime Minister Mosisili has no fear for anyone but God and the Constitution of this country and its nation.
He does not need your good wishes but respect which the Constitution of this country demands from you. So keep your good wishes to yourself, but respect is what you morally must give to everyone in this country rather than misleading them and making paralysis of analysis.
l Dr Likoti is the Adviser Economic and Political Affairs to the Rt. Hon Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho
nul Pro-vice Chancellor Professor Mafa Sejanamane.
ARMY commander Lt-gen Tlali kamoli.