Kamoli exit: Too lit­tle too late?

Lesotho Times - - Opin­ion & Anal­y­sis -

rec­om­men­da­tion) was that the sol­diers, who are cur­rently im­pris­oned for al­leged mutiny, be re­leased.” “And so I had dis­cus­sion with the gov­ern­ment on these is­sues and en­cour­aged them to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions made by SADC.”

The US en­voy fur­ther went on to in­struc­tively lament on Le­sotho’s el­i­gi­bil­ity for the fa­cil­i­ties, which I reckon laid down the re­quire­ments clearly for Le­sotho: “I don’t know what the ver­dict will be, but the writ­ing is on the wall.”

From the fore­go­ing it is clear that Le­sotho has to make mean­ing­ful and concrete steps in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SADC de­ci­sions. That way, there might still be hope for Le­sotho to save the sit­u­a­tion in the eleventh hour and thereby stand in a favourable po­si­tion in terms of el­i­gi­bil­ity for AGOA and MCC. It is not all doom and gloom for Le­sotho.

Clearly gov­ern­ment has in the past been drag­ging its feet to­wards im­ple­ment­ing all these rec­om­men­da­tions. This ten­dency by gov­ern­ment was most ev­i­dent when deal­ing with SADC at var­i­ous fo­rums.

My read­ing of the prac­tice of the US in the past has taught me that they will not be pla­cated by the re­moval of the com­man­der only. They will also look to gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the other de­ci­sions. Past ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that the US is not a pa­per tiger and it will in­sist and act on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the other de­ci­sion. The US will not dance to the de­lay­ing tac­tics tune of the gov­ern­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The ef­forts of gov­ern­ment in re­mov­ing the army com­man­der in the line with SADC de­ci­sions that em­anate from the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion are much ap­pre­ci­ated but more needs to be done in im­ple­ment­ing the other de­ci­sions as the sun, fig­u­ra­tively speak­ing, will set on Le­sotho’s el­i­gi­bil­ity for the two fa­cil­i­ties.

Though there has been a lot of dither­ing on the part of gov­ern­ment since the SADC de­ci­sions were com­mu­ni­cated to gov­ern­ment on 18th Jan­uary, for im­ple­men­ta­tion, there is still time for gov­ern­ment to ex­e­cute though dis­turbingly there is very lit­tle room and time.

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