Our own Clin­ton/trump show

Lesotho Times - - Scru­ta­tor -

WHAT a pity that the world does not know this King­dom. We are hav­ing our own Trump/clin­ton show and we de­serve to be the cen­tre of world at­ten­tion. But alas, no one seems to know or care about our tiny en­clave. But I can­not imag­ine any bet­ter head­line grab­bing po­lit­i­cal drama than the war of at­tri­tion be­tween Liru­rubele and Lithope. It surely should be dom­i­nat­ing the news casts at CNN and the BBC.

This is Le­sotho’s own very Clin­ton/trump show. Ex­cept that ours is even more ex­cit­ing. Even if the world is not pay­ing at­ten­tion.

The plot and cast are a bit dif­fer­ent. Ours do not fea­ture a man and woman from ri­val par­ties. It fea­tures two for­mer al­lies from the same party. Both male. Ours is also not an ide­o­log­i­cal con­test. It is a straight for­ward con­tes­ta­tion of power.

Un­like the Trump/clin­ton show, which was laced with the most un­couth vitriol. Ours has been less hos­tile. But it now seems all that is now go­ing to change with Liru­rubele and Lithope hav­ing re­moved their gloves.

The Trump/clin­ton show is now over. The bat­tle be­tween Liru­rubele and Lithope seems to have just started. Wel­come to Le­sotho’s own world of po­lit­i­cal skull­dug­gery and shenani­gans.

Wel­come to the world of Pakalitha Mo­sisili aka Size Two and Monyake Moleleki aka Mokola.

Never in my life did I ever imag­ine I would live to see what is cur­rently un­fold­ing in the DC. It is both democ­racy and a high pitch cir­cus at their very best. But un­less this mat­ter is re­solved fast, it now threat­ens to im­peril our ex­is­tence.

The DC is not like any other in­signif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tion. It is cer­tainly not the so­called Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress aka LPC or any other such tiny po­lit­i­cal en­tity owned by a hus­band, his wife and their two chil­dren. The DC is the sin­gle big­gest po­lit­i­cal party in the coun­try. Its cur­rent un­rav­el­ling poses a se­vere threat to the na­tional in­ter­est un­less it’s con­cluded fast. By this, I sim­ply mean that the DC should put its house in or­der yes­ter­day and re­solve its lead­er­ship is­sue now. Not to­mor­row.

Along drawn out feud in the lead part­ner in the coali­tion govern­ment is not good for the coun­try. It’s clear that Mokola’s strat­egy has been to slowly squeeze po­lit­i­cal life out of Mr Size Two in the hope that he will de­ploy his good con­science and re­sign as prime min­is­ter. This would then pave the way for Mokola to take charge of the DC and strengthen his hand in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ntate Mot­soa­hae, who is cur­rently rub­bing his hands with glee at the un­fold­ing drama in the DC.

Ntate Mot­soa­hae has been buy­ing pop­corn and tak­ing his camp chair near the bor­der ev­ery day to watch and en­joy the un­fold­ing drama in the DC. It is ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

But it’s also true that for the good of the coun­try, this prob­lem must be re­solved with fi­nal­ity. One thing is clear; the DC will never be the same again. From the mono­lithic gi­ant and po­lit­i­cal pow­er­house that it once was, the DC is now split right through the mid­dle. Liru­rubele and Lithope are not just pro­saic nouns. They are real two sep­a­rate dis­tinct en­ti­ties that seem ir­rec­on­cil­able.

What I fear is a long pro­longed tus­sle be­tween them that will harm the na­tional in­ter­est (as­sum­ing we have ever de­fined one).

If Mokola’s strat­egy is to push Ntate Mo­sisili into a cor­ner in the hope that he will vol­un­tar­ily re­sign from of­fice that will un­for­tu­nately not hap­pen. Where have you ever seen an African leader vol­un­tar­ily quit­ting of­fice? This strat­egy is bad for it will only en­sure a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent strife in the DC to the detri­ment of the na­tional in­ter­est (again if we ever come to know what na­tional in­ter­est means for us).

In the same vein, if Ntate Mo­sisili thinks he can ride the storm and ig­nore Mokola and his gang, and con­tinue with a busi­ness as usual at­ti­tude, then Mr Size Two is very mis­taken. The re­al­ity is that Ntate Mokola wants to be­come prime min­is­ter now. Now, now, now.

As we went to Press yes­ter­day, Ntate Moleleki had con­firmed that Ntate Mo­sisili would be hauled be­fore the NEC and asked to show cause why he should not be sus­pended.

Ntate Mo­sisili on the other hand is adamant that he will call his own NEC meet­ing early De­cem­ber and sus­pend Mokola and his group.

Ooops, this mat­ter has be­come se­ri­ous. We need a res­o­lu­tion now, to quote Aaliyah.

My other great­est fear is that as this war of at­tri­tion con­tin­ues, ei­ther side can end up do­ing silly things.

For in­stance, spec­u­la­tion has been rife that Ntate Mo­sisili wants to adopt a busi­ness as usual ap­proach and re­place the DC min­is­ters who have re­signed. In that re­place­ment process, some­one was heard sug­gest­ing that Ntate Mo­sisili want to ap­point one Bokang Ra­matšella as Min­is­ter of Jus­tice.

Upon hear­ing this in­for­ma­tion, I tried to con­tact the great South African born Sil­i­con Val­ley en­tre­pre­neur, El­lon Musk, to check when he in­tends to com­plete his project for ex­pe­di­tions to Mars.

Re­mem­ber, Musk has al­ready warned that his trips to Mars will be one way tick­ets to fa­cil­i­tate the deaths of those who want to per­ish in peace some­where up there near the Lord. In other words, these are ex­pe­di­tions for those who want to reach heaven fast. When you get into Musk’s rover to Mars, you must know you are never com­ing back to earth.

With the so­cial me­dia spec­u­la­tion that Ntate Mo­sisili now wants to ap­point Ra­matšella, of the “Har­ring­ton is a spy” fame into his cabi- net, I im­me­di­ately en­quired about Ntate Musk’s one way ex­pe­di­tions. I would rather van­ish to Mars quickly than live in a coun­try in which Ra­matšella is a min­is­ter. Surely Ntate Mo­sisili can­not sink his rep­u­ta­tion that low even if these maybe his dy­ing days (po­lit­i­cally of course).

The fact re­mains that it’s not good for this DC feud to con­tinue. It seems the odds are staked against Ntate Mo­sisili. When your party, or a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of it, wants to sus­pend you as leader, then know you are in real trou­ble.

My ad­vice to Ntate Mo­sisili has al­ways been frank. The best way to re­sist the lure of power is to set it down. Af­ter 15 years as PM, surely why stress and con­tinue. But such is power. What is now hap­pen­ing in the DC is a clas­sic ex­em­pli­fi­ca­tion of power fa­tigue. A sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the party is tired of the same leader. They want a change.

This does not mean that I am Liru­rubele. No not at all. I have al­ways em­pha­sized that I am not a fac­tion­al­ist. But as I am a dis­ci­ple of Mark Twain’s peren­nial dic­tum that “politi­cians are like di­a­pers and need to be changed as of­ten as pos­si­ble”, I see no rea­son with calls for a new face.

I think Ntate Mo­sisili risks taint­ing his legacy if his aim is to em­u­late Robert Mu­gabe. If he al­lows lead­er­ship change and re­newal, it will ben­e­fit him im­mensely. But the de­ci­sion is his to make.

I don’t know if Ntate Moleleki will ever be­come prime min­is­ter. If Ntate Mo­sisili quits, and if Mokola does in fact be­come prime min­is­ter, I don’t know if he will be a good PM.

What’s clear for now is that we can­not af­ford a pro­longed DC in­ter­nal civil war. It must be re­solved one way or the other by the party it­self. The only two peo­ple who can re­solve it are the two chief pro­tag­o­nists them­selves.

If Ntate Moleleki fails to dis­lodge Ntate Mo­sisili, then it is bet­ter for Ntate Moleleki to move out and start a new po­lit­i­cal party. If he has the num­bers that he claims to have, then we may not be able to avoid early elec­tions.

Equally, if Ntate Mo­sisili wants to con­tinue in of­fice, it must be clear to him that he can no longer do it through the DC. He should equally re­play 2012 and form an­other party.

The best way for Liru­rubele and Lithope is to say their good­byes and go into dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. That will in­evitably plunge us into new brought for­ward elec­tions. I have no prob­lem with that.

Aren’t we all politi­cians af­ter all. The more fre­quent the elec­tions the bet­ter. From the look of things, Ntate Mo­sisili has reached his po­lit­i­cal wa­ter­loo.

This whole mat­ter is not fun. Let’s have the DC war re­solved in one way or the other.


US Pres­i­dent elect Don­ald J. Trump.

Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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