Makha­bane e Maluke

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

As a con­se­quence of a vi­o­la­tion of col­lec­tive ac­tion of the stay away, a Ba­sotho Na­tional Party back bencher who at­tended some of the sit­tings fol­low­ing predica­ments which be­fell her con­stituency, an at­tempt by her party to eject and re­place her and another, with those next on the party list failed.

That was not just ed­uca­tive to po­lit­i­cal par­ties that did not know that they may not just sub­sti­tute an MP like an un­der­per­form­ing foot­baller in a match.

That also en­cour­aged re­bel­lion be­cause there is presently no le­gal pro­vi­sion to re­call an MP for what­ever rea­son. That was a sad de­feat for the party- which was fur­ther re­warded with the for­ma­tion of another splin­ter party out­side par­lia­ment.

De­fec­tions from par­ties, in­clud­ing the rul­ing par­ties, had a neg­a­tive ef­fect as it re­duced the num­ber of seats each had in the House.

That con­trib­uted to their fa­tigue when the rul­ing ma­jor­ity par­ties ended up as an easy tar­get for the now strength­ened op­po­si­tion. This un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ment was a cause for con­cern.

The fil­ing of two mo­tions of no confidence in the Deputy Speaker and the gov­ern­ment within a short time of each showed that the op­po­si­tion was on the at­tack. Their three moves to en­gage courts in their chal­lenge of par­lia­men­tary events and work re­flected their deter­mi­na­tion and des­per­a­tion to sol­dier on in any pos­si­ble front.

Two of the lat­ter were with­drawn and only one was ruled in their fa­vor dur­ing the last few days of the Fifth Meet­ing, First Ses­sion. It is doubt­ful the op­po­si­tion an­tic­i­pated the dis­so­lu­tion of par­lia­ment.

Prob­a­bly they thought they would not let that hap­pen. It could by why they opted to swiftly chal­lenge the move in court when it was dis­solved.

iii. The anti-cli­max: While the boy­cott of par­lia­men­tary sit­tings through a stay away marked the cli­max of con­fronta­tional par­lia­men­tary work by MPS, the re­turn to Le­sotho by po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and MPS who were in ex­ile marked the anti-cli­max.

The na­tion hoped that the re­form pro­cesses would com­mence in earnest; but the op­po­si­tion and gov­ern­ment con­tin­ued with their bick­er­ing.

The fil­ing of a no-confidence mo­tion in the PM and gov­ern­ment was the last straw: This

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