Leaving it till late
SO the government would have the nation believe that the impending departure of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Lieutenant-general Tlali Kamoli from the helm of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is in merely part of its decision to implement the roadmap of reforms.
As we report elsewhere, Government Secretary Lebohang Ramohlanka announced this week that Lt-gen Kamoli would retire and hand over command of the LDF to his deputy Major-general Khoantle Motšomotšo on 1 December 2016.
Ms Ramohlanka said the decision was made after negotiations “on a mutually agreeable solution” regarding Lt-gen Kamoli’s future.
And Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s spokesperson Motumi Ralejoe said in all this, the government was merely following a roadmap it submitted to the 36th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State held in Swaziland in August this year.
The reality is probably not as simple as that, coming as it did shortly after the visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield who said Lesotho risked losing out on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) facility and a second compact grant under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) due to government’s failure to address issues of “impunity and the rule of law”.
AGOA gives duty-free and quota-free access to the US market to eligible Sub-saharan African countries including Lesotho.
The question is why engage in this kind of brinkmanship where we risk the jobs and livelihoods of tens of thousands of Basotho just to serve the interests of just one individual?
Did we really need to subject ourselves to all this unnecessary pressure to do what we could have easily done in the beginning in line with SADC recommendations? We can only hope the lesson has been learnt and henceforth there will be uninterrupted progress in the implementation of outstanding reforms.