Democracy for whom the bell tolls
In 1998, knowing they could only get a field skewed in favour of the incumbents, the opposition signed for the Interim Political Authority (IPA) which saw them play second fiddle to government, instead of a previous demand for Government of national Unity or replica of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC) of South Africa.
While they fought over seats on the IPA, their leading activists like Thesele ‘Maseribane who led the three-party Setlamo youth as president of Bnp’s Thaka E Ncha were being arrested willy-nilly, almost on a daily basis, and their leaders remained tight-lipped.
The incumbents, supported by some on the national political left, insisted it was their prerogative “to restore law and order”.
Today it is Thesele and Thabane who was on the “arresting” side, whose spokesmen and activists are persecuted while all eyes are on leaders’ passage home from an exile triggered by the same soldiers who are hunters of their men; whereas their return rides on the assumption that the military threat has subsided.
Some opine that they remain nonplussed and transfixed, while the government’s train of (security) reforms on which they are assumed passengers hurtles to a defined destination of obfuscation, kicked off with that monologue of the government and its partners recently, as part of rolling out that roadmap it has produced by itself and for itself, and preceded by a technical workshop on security reforms, which the prime minister christened as not everybody’s business, while also chastising media and civil society for fanning the existing precarious state on national security which he had all along said did not exist.