Makha­bane e Maluke

Lesotho Times - - Opinion & Analysis -

“Ke tseke-tseke feela e ka hanyet­sang ts`its`inyo ena” (only an id­iot may not sup­port this mo­tion).

That was a par­lia­ment when a few Ba­sotho Congress Party (BCP) “Li­jamollo” could keep the BNP ma­jor­ity party pre­oc­cu­pied in the House while other BCP back­benchers were out in the coun­try vis­it­ing con­stituen­cies which de­served their at­ten­tion for the next elec­tion, which the BCP ap­par­ently won, ex­cept for the state of emer­gency which was de­clared.

The mo­tion re­ferred to above re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment of Ma­put­soe area. What makes that say­ing “fa­mous” is the fact that noth­ing in it was chal­lenged as un­par­lia­men­tar­ily. It is pos­si­ble that our NA then was still young and knew noth­ing or less about un­par­lia­men­tary ex­pres­sions.

What MPS seemed to have mas­tered was the knowl­edge that a sec­on­der of a mo­tion had to do that per­sua­sively and not give it a cur­sory look just to sat­isfy pro­ce­dure on mo­tions.

That fa­mous say­ing ap­par­ently landed very ef­fec­tively be­cause a BNP stal­wart, Hon. Chief PNP, took the floor only to ex­press a con­cern that it was un­fair to hurl such words even be­fore any­one had ob­jected to the mo­tion, which ac­tu­ally passed.

Af­ter the MMP, the op­po­si­tion had many par­ties which, at first, did not quite work to­gether against the ma­jor­ity party. They first en­joyed be­ing in par­lia­ment-even com­pet­ing against each other for po­lit­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Their fo­cus was more on the next elec­tion and not to be a gov­ern­ment dur­ing a cur­rent par­lia­ment. They ac­tu­ally de­served a con­ven­tional la­bel of His Majesty’s loyal op­po­si­tion, com­pared to what has been on dis­play in Le­sotho of late.

Since that 2002 term, par­lia­ment was punc­tu­ated by new de­vel­op­ments. It even ex­pe­ri­enced what the 1993 con­sti­tu­tion had an­tic­i­pated: An of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion which de­served to have a leader of its own (rec­og­nized party whose leader has speak­ing and other priv­i­leges); Coali­tion of par­lia­men­tary par­ties etc. That sig­ni­fied growth or po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment re­sult­ing from the MMP model. No one could fore­tell then, that this would lead to new House prob­lems later.

Dif­fer­ent par­lia­men­tary par­ties later even at­tempted to club to­gether with a sin­gle pur­pose to come up with an agreed upon leader of their Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion in one in­stance and an al­ter­na­tive Prime Min­is­ter through a hastily thought mo­tion of no con­fi­dence at some other stage.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.