Where a man’s home is not his cas­tle

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

In sev­eral posts in lesotho­anal­y­sis and other me­dia, I have at­tempted, maybe un­suc­cess­fully, to in­di­cate that Le­sotho has been un­der­go­ing a se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity cri­sis.

This has re­flected it­self in sev­eral high-level mur­ders of peo­ple in the mil­i­tary, the po­lice and civil­ians. Some of these heinous crimes have been listed in the Phumaphi Re­port and sus­pects have been listed who need to have their day in court and hope­fully a long stay in prison.

none of those mur­der­ers have been ar­rested and none will be un­less the per­pe­tra­tors are ar­rested by an out­side force. This cri­sis has also man­i­fested it­self in the flight of all op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal lead­ers whose par­ties are rep­re­sented in par­lia­ment. It is a strange sit­u­a­tion where lead­ing a po­lit­i­cal party which has sup­port con­demns you to ex­ile.

SADC which had com­mis­sioned the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion has made sev­eral de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing that of re­liev­ing Tlali Kamoli of the Com­mand of the LDF and the ar­rest of the rest of the crim­i­nal gang which has been shielded by Kamoli’s Com­mand and the con­nivance of Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s govern­ment.

none of those de­ci­sions have been im­ple­mented. Real­is­ti­cally they could not be im­ple­mented without out­side su­per­vi­sion. We know that Kamoli re­fused to leave of­fice when he was dis­missed by for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane.

no­body could have ex­pected that he would com­ply with the lat­est at­tempt di­rected by SADC to leave of­fice or to ar­rest him­self and those of his Com­mand who have been fin­gered by the SADC Com­mis­sion as in­volved in High Trea­son, mur­der and other se­ri­ous crimes.

They, like ev­ery­body who has com­mit­ted crimes, need a su­pe­rior force to en­sure that they an­swer for them­selves in in­de­pen­dent courts. The Le­sotho of to­day is a hostage of those who fear to ac­count for their crimes. They think that we felt con­fi­dent to check the dam­age. In the past, it used to be said that a man’s house is his cas­tle. It is no longer so in Le­sotho. Your house is now a place where one has to fear that those who are com­mit­ting crimes can find how to kill you or keep you hostage.

As to who has been in­volved in this crime, I have no in­ter­est. I don’t blame the pup­pets but the pup­peteers. I have very lit­tle re­gard for cow­ards who ei­ther cover their faces when they com­mit crimes, or come in the dead of night to at­tempt to mur­der or in­tim­i­date peo­ple. The key is­sue is that the hired guns are like mer­ce­nar­ies, who fight other peo­ple’s bat­tles for a piece of sil­ver. They are a de­spi­ca­ble lot!

What I stand for is a coun­try where democ­racy reigns supreme; a coun­try where there is ac­count­abil­ity by all, par­tic­u­larly the govern­ment; a coun­try where the rule of law is preva­lent. We have to out­grow the old sys­tem of hero-wor­ship and blind-obe­di­ence to those who are in power.

Power without the nec­es­sary moral author­ity is brit­tle and those who rely on it are doomed be­cause it does not last. But even when it lasts, his­tory has shown that the long hand of jus­tice catches up with them. In Chile, as we speak, crimes which were com­mit­ted by the mil­i­tary junta in the 1970s-1990s are be­ing ac­counted for. In wheel­chairs some have just been com­mit­ted to prison where they be­long.

The at­tempt to in­tim­i­date and si­lence me is a fu­tile ex­er­cise. Most of those hired guns were not born when we re­sisted pre­vi­ous regimes in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary junta in its many phases which took over power in Le­sotho in the eight­ies. Ours is a fight for jus­tice. Guns and stones can­not stop the March of his­tory. Even if I am the last one stand­ing, I will still re­sist. If all of us who want ac­count­abil­ity fall, could the last one put off the lights! — lesotho­anal­y­sis.com lse­jana­mane is a pro­fes­sor of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho.

Part of the dam­age to Pro­fes­sor Mafa Se­jana­mane's house af­ter last Satur­day's at­tack by un­known as­sailants.

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