Politi­cis­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies slip­pery slope

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free­doms and rights have their foun­da­tional ba­sis not in Par­lia­ment as he would like the pub­lic to be­lieve but have their Con­sti­tu­tional ba­sis at the vil­lages, schools, ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, streets, towns, cities, me­dia and even in the work­place as long as they are ex­er­cised within the con­fines of the law. It is a ba­sic hu­man right of ev­ery cit­i­zen to par­tic­i­pate in the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho. It is even more im­por­tant if it is ex­er­cised by our politi­cians.

How­ever, sad to say, the tenor of Ntate Mets­ing’s state­ment might lead to in­tim­i­da­tion and per­se­cu­tion of the op­po­si­tion yet th­ese are the very peo­ple who form the foun­da­tional ba­sis and paragons of our ro­bust democ­racy and pub­lic dis­course. In ef­fect he needs to level the po­lit­i­cal play­ing field. He should be proud that he is the cham­pion of our democ­racy. It is if any­thing good and com­mend­able that the op­po­si­tion should keep him and the gov­ern­ment in check by keep­ing him on his toes and he should in turn never drop his guard.

For Ntate Mets­ing to seek to draw, by his, un­for­tu­nate ut­ter­ances, the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment into the arena of pol­i­tics, which is nei­ther their forte nor prov­ince, is as un­for­tu­nate at it is dis­turb­ing and very un­ac­cept­able.

It is high time and be­fore it is too late that his po­lit­i­cal part­ners in the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers bring to the at­ten­tion of Ntate Mets­ing a very se­nior politi­cian of sta­tus and cal­iber, I must em­pha- size, the po­ten­tial folly and de­bil­i­tat­ing con­se­quences of his un­for­tu­nate and un­ac­cept­able ut­ter­ances. The sooner this is done and he owns to his mis­takes the bet­ter.

In con­clu­sion, so that Le­sotho be­comes a pros­per­ous democ­racy, he bet­ter be re­spect­fully re­minded of the old Congress maxim that: “The lead­ers are ruled by the gov­erned.” Or in Se­sotho: “Babusi ba busuoa ke babusuoa.”

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