Politicising security agencies slippery slope
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.”