Ut­loang ka­jeno

Lesotho Times - - Leader -

be sem­i­nal for our lead­ers to note and em­brace the old adage that still rings to­day as in the past, that, a fish rots from the head down­wards. It is a par­ody of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity if our lead­ers are at each other’s throats or sim­ply twid­dling their thumbs and look­ing the other way when, so to speak, Rome is burn­ing.

The above two para­doxes sadly demon­strate the type of po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship that we have across the spec­trum. If the head is drunk it can­not lead the body, the na­tion, to a safe secure and mean­ing­ful des­ti­na­tion.

For the umpteenth time and with seem­ingly no end in sight to this malaise, with some po­lit­i­cal lead­ers pub­licly threat­en­ing to name and shame their ad­ver­saries in the me­dia about their in­volve­ment in these heinous crimes.

It is pri­mar­ily the duty of gov­ern­ment as stip­u­lated in the con­sti­tu­tion and other rel­e­vant laws to in­ves­ti­gate, pro­vide in­tel­li­gence, pros­e­cute and con­vict crim­i­nals. Any gov­ern­ment that fails in this salu­tary duty leaves a lot to be de­sired about its com­pe­tence and ef­fi­ciency. This how­ever, and equally so, does not ab­solve the op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties and other stake­hold­ers of any blame in this un­for­tu­nate cesspit of callous bru­tal­ity.

The op­po­si­tion is equally to blame be­cause if they know who the per­pe­tra­tors of these das­tardly deeds are, they ought to re­port them to the law-en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties, for nec­es­sary re­me­dial and re­tribu­tive mea­sures that will serve as a de­ter­rence to would-be copy-cats.

It is this re­ac­tive laisser-faire at­ti­tude to vi­o­lent crime that leads to more vi­o­lent crime. Crime be­comes in­sid­i­ous if not ar­rested. Our politi­cians ought to know that their in­ac­tion and blame game on vi­o­lent crime breeds more vi­o­lence with the re­sult that this sce­nario leads to ero­sion of in­vestor con­fi­dence in the econ­omy. It leads to dwin­dling and omi­nously even more with­drawals of for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment as in­vestors will

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