Seek SADC in­ter­ven­tion to help re­build our King­dom

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - The Fo­rum For the Fu­ture of Africa.

PRIOR to your in­au­gu­ra­tion we sub­mit­ted our state­ment plead­ing that as you form a new govern­ment you must as a mat­ter of ur­gency im­ple­ment the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions to sta­bilise the King­dom into nor­malcy.

Two days be­fore your swear­ing-in cer­e­mony your es­tranged wife was mur­dered in cold blood. We ap­pealed for SADC in­ter­ven­tion to help you es­tab­lish in­sti­tu­tional struc­tures as you lay a new foun­da­tion for the trou­bled King­dom.

Con­do­lences for the loss of your loved wife. Con­grat­u­la­tions for your com­ing back to the helm of the govern­ment.

This ap­peal is di­rected mainly to four heads of the coali­tion. We are aware that though the three of you may be in ex­ile does not mean your ide­olo­gies will match. Still, it does not mean that your mar­riage with the but­ter­flies as they call them­selves with Mr Moleleki will make you a uni­form team in pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and mode of gov­er­nance. Still, lack of ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment will bar you from in­sti­tut­ing mas­sive re­forms.

This is an up­hill strug­gle for you and your new ad­min­is­tra­tion. We are well aware that the ma­jor­ity in the King­dom’s de­fence force do not take or­ders from you as their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions dif­fer from yours. We are also mind­ful of the tat­tered state the King­dom’s po­lice is in.

Po­lit­i­cally we are ac­cus­tomed to the ten­sion be­tween you and your ri­vals – those you have just de­feated at the polls. Mind­ful of their evil wishes and in­ten­tions, we are aware that plans may be hatched to elim­i­nate you phys­i­cally or oth­er­wise.

This is the rea­son we are ap­peal­ing to you to seek ex­ter­nal as­sis­tance on polic­ing as well as mil­i­tary mat­ters to help you es­tab­lish pro­fes­sional and ro­bust in­sti­tu­tions.

Vengeance and witch-hunt are not best tools for restor­ing or­der, fair trial and jus­tice are. Amnesty will have to be granted only and un­less if you by con­sen­sus agree to es­tab­lish a Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Bureau.

Honourable Prime min­is­ter you must make sure jus­tice is not only seen to take place, but you must walk the talk. Many na­tions in­clud­ing Malawi, Zim­babwe and Namibia are in tur­bu­lence be­cause they chose to cover up the atroc­i­ties of the past in an at­tempt to shield those that were re­garded as fa­mous and he­roes.

We may not have great hope in you as you are hu­man too, but make sure that you do not con­done cor­rup­tion in your ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cor­rup­tion has made Africa the global laugh­ing stock while out­siders see this con­ti­nent as a home of plenty.

His­tory rec­om­mends you as one ad­min­is­tra­tor with up­right hands be­cause any min­istry you ad­min­is­tered in past govern­ments did ex­tremely well, us­ing the same prow­ess to dis­tin­guish your lead­er­ship.

You may not choose to ask for boots on the ground from SADC, but at least mil­i­tary pens and en­cy­clo­pe­dia will be re­quired to help re­store or­der and bring back the King­dom of envy.

Le­sotho is one of the king­doms with rich re­sources, ad­van­taged with a small and man­age­able pop­u­la­tion, so the King­dom can be­come a mid­dle class in­come na­tion if you use the said re­sources for the ben­e­fit of the en­tire na­tion.

Greed, self­ish­ness, in­tol­er­ance, di­vi­sions and cu­pid­ity are prime en­e­mies of eco­nomic and so­cial growth. Many na­tions have failed be­cause of this.

May the King­dom of Le­sotho un­der your man­tle be­come the bea­con of hope so that the past is buried for­ever.

Our older chiefs used to say “the past is what has been de­stroyed, the present is where we lay a new bea­con for us to build a new in­spir­ing fu­ture”.

The Fo­rum for the Fu­ture of Africa would like to leave you with the same sen­ti­ments as you em­bark on a mis­sion of re­build­ing the King­dom of Le­sotho.

With Khotso (peace), your of­fice must pro­mul­gate best poli­cies, with Pula (rain) wis­dom must fall like rain, with Nara your team 4X4 must drive the King­dom to greater heights of suc­cess.

May we, un­der you, be­come a bea­con of hope

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