Makhabane e Maluke
“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.