Where a man’s home is not his castle
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.