Lesotho’s democratic zigzags along
WORDS may encourage, embarrass or annoy. Media may convey valuable or unpopular messages. Articles I penned until now will selectively be serialised to relate them with what goes on in Lesotho; its political history repeats itself endlessly.
This is done just to sell ideas, to encourage constructive thinking and a positive attitude on national issues. The purpose is not to blame or point a finger.
The format of each series will be: Date of each article; title used; an extract from each and how it relates to the present/future events:
A. JUN. 18 2015: “You reap
what you sow” “Every Leader has to lead his followers, and those followers in turn have to follow their leaders. All these, they must do in the spirit of the Bible…”
One Biblical teaching, intended to implant wisdom and discipline, is for a human being to do unto others as he/she would like them do unto him/her.
This is seemingly another weakness in the party politics of Lesotho. It is often some of the highly connected/clouds closest to the moon/ confidants/insiders, who forget this teaching and become enemies of own parties through hate politics.
Logic expects that each loyal member of a party should work hard to enlist many new members for the party to grow.
Some loyalists rejoice when other members quit their party; thus mowing down party following through hate antics, with a sole purpose to draw all joy to themselves.
Whatever a man does or fails to do, presently or in time, will have some effect/reward/price to pay later. Politics is more about persuasion than a show of personal power of influence.
Naturally no normal human being may wish for poor harvest. Only a foolish woman tears down her own house with her own hands (Prov. 14:1).
It is also human nature that each member of a political party tend to wonder why and how, at times, life deals him/her a painful blow politically. It could be because he/she has angered God and His word and opts to discipline him/her, like he does on those He loves (Prov. 3:11-12) to remind them they are only humans, His creation, supposed to lead clean life.
Incidentally, the current 4x4 coalition is likely to encounter unexpected impacts of government failure to table the 2017/18 budget estimates during the 9th Parliament.
The intention of blocking the 2017/18 budget was a very powerful but short sighted mechanism to demonstrate that the opposition had the power to influence what happened in the House then.
The move was not conscious of any other potential consequences which go with it. Success of that occasion, unfortunately, has resulted in the new government coming into power without any budget.
Lesotho is accustomed to an incoming government inheriting a budget prepared by/under its predecessor.
Will the 4x4 government opt to inherit the 2017/18 draft budget which the opposition shooed away; or will they have stitched their own together to reflect their own coalition priorities?
Both alternatives will have unexpected consequences. PostJune,2017 service delivery and debt servicing schedules etc are likely to be affected, depending on when parliament gets opened and the 2017/18 budget gets processed.
Some parliamentary hours/days stand to be lost with prolonged delays.
When budget presentation collided with a dissolution of parliament, both the opposition and government had to agree to at least have a short bill.
Both ought to be conscious that whatever they did, or will do later, against each other has a potential to yield either good or unexpected results (poor harvest) ,reaffirming the Biblical teaching that you reap what you sow.
B. OCT. 4 2015: “Let true peace prevail in the Basotho nation” “A sermon by the Most Reverent Archbishop A.L. Morapeli OMI carried a message that “peace has everything to do with what kind of people we are… It’s no good saying “peace, peace”, where there is no peace.
There is no peace for the wicked… There is no peace for the unforgiving… the greedy and the grasping… for money…and power (respectively). Lack of peace is the result of, and punishment for our sins… against each other…”
That “Rain and Peace” sermon was delivered on the summit of Thaba Bosiu during a prayer meeting on 16th March, 1986 following a
20 January coup by the LDF.
The era Lesotho is currently going through deserves such sermons if the nation is expected to ultimately heal and be at peace with itself.
The frequency of parliamentary elections in Lesotho could be God’s way of communicating with His creation, to try and peacefully poke Basotho into line and order.
It could be a signal that He might sooner be aggrieved and rebuke us more harshly: either through being rendered a failed State or through fire.
Some of us have been very harshly vocal about this LDF which facilitated the return of democracy which we all claim to uphold.
Outbursts about the Police Service have since become louder in the last few years. Earlier, there was a short lived but loud label of “Muso oa Molimo” in reference to the 1st Coalition by the church/clergy during official ceremonies.
The nation recently witnessed the booing of the clergy by multitudes of attendees during the inauguration of the new PM. What is actually being sown through all these!
Where is Lesotho heading to, judged in the context of the above 1986 sermon?
Basotho are actually at a point where they have not to doubt the power of God. Do we?
Mr Maluke’s views are his own and do not reflect the views of the