Nthak­eng Pheello eello Selinyane

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

once we think that way we kill democ­racy.

The essence and ra­tio­nale of ac­count­abil­ity is that some­one is do­ing on our be­half some func­tions which we can­not all do at the same time as we do all oth­ers that ar­rest our at­ten­tion; and s/he must do them the way we would do if we had all the time.

S/he can­not, there­fore, refuse to ex­plain your­self and an­swer ques­tions about what we have sent him or her to do on our be­half.

Yet it is here that our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, their ex­ec­u­tive (min­is­ters), and its bu­reau­cracy have proudly, pub­licly and fla­grantly failed and de­fied us.

Most glar­ingly over the past 10 years, the state and “its” se­cu­rity forces have stub­bornly told us that they can­not an­swer to us about ar­bi­trary am­bush, seizure, tor­ture, and dis­ap­pear­ance, and even pre­ten­tious ar­rest or death of some amongst us.

They even tell us the acts and re­fusal to ac­count are for our own good, for our se­cu­rity. But any se­cu­rity that is ours — not that of rocks and shrubs — can only be de­fined by our­selves.

At the most ex­treme when Lt-gen Tlali Ka-

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