Same old faces, with same old baggage

Same old faces, with same old baggage

LAST Sunday, in customary fashion, a major political opposition party held a celebratory rally to welcome back their leader alongside other coalition party leaders into the country who had fled to South Africa last year sighting security concerns.

While opinions differ about the turnout of supporters at the event, there can be no dispute about the congestion that the event caused on Maseru’s narrow roads leading towards the venue.
Anyone familiar with the transport system in the city of Maseru will find this disruption somewhat trivial.

Frustration on the roads exists on a daily basis due to the significant rise of imported vehicles in the country coupled with the poor road infrastructure that has failed to accommodate the increased traffic.

Imagine the sight of young people in party regalia congregating at petrol stations several meters away from the venue alongside their cars with open doors and windows dancing to deafeningly loud music and sharing bottles of beer.

On the one hand, this is a classic delinquent act that is associated with people of that particular age group.
On the other hand, it is an abhorrent indication of moral decay that exists in our society coupled with a widespread attitude of indifference towards the feelings of the citizenry.
The lack of real participation of citizens in such events leads to an insufficient knowledge about the leaders who are being elected into Parliament and consequently what they truly stand for.
Meanwhile the challenges of Lesotho are mounting and corruption continues to be the common denominator as leaders blatantly amass public funds for their own personal gain at the detriment of poor, vulnerable people. This rhetoric is a cliché.

Greed and impunity are exhaustively discussed topics at dinner tables, bars and media platforms alike; but greed in this context is broadly underrated.
Several studies by neuroscientists have shown the effects of money as a stimulus on the human brain with the use of MRI.

Using an experimental game where money is earned, gaining money stimulates the same part of the brain as the use of cocaine.
Unfortunately as with any kind of addiction, the subject requires more and more of the substance to get the desired effect.
Greed is therefore a psychological illness and corruption is a necessary evil for sufferers and yet leaders with tarnished reputations continue to stand on podiums making endless promises to the masses.

In recent weeks we have seen new political parties being formed by leaders who have been seen before in other political parties.
No fresh faces, just the same old people carrying the same old baggage.

The scariest part is that leaders are being idolised as if they are never seen before products despite their questionable qualities as basic human beings.
Ask anyone born before the 1980s about the history of our leaders and the information will be readily available.

An awareness of their extensive illicit activities exists and speculations about the underlying reasons for parties being formed at this rate can be heard in the proverbial grapevine and yet the electorate religiously continues to wear their respective party regalia like armory on Sundays to clap and chant praises.

There is clearly something amiss with leaders who continue to conspire and steal from the country for their own benefit even when they have accumulated more wealth than most people (including themselves) can comprehend, but what about the people who give permission for this to happen such as the law enforcement, the electorate and the public servants who don’t engage in these criminal activities?

Is there a cure for their illness? While there is nothing inherently wrong with the desire for a better life, doing so at the deliberate expense of the majority of the population cannot be celebrated.
The very same people who are being disadvantaged from the systemic criminal activities of our leaders provide opportunities for that to happen. So who’s to blame?

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