The questions ‘M’e Keke must answer

The questions ‘M’e Keke must answer

Lesotho politicians of latter years are interested in playing to the gallery than addressing burning issues the nation is facing.
Every time we go for an election or seem to be heading towards an election we hear all sorts of stories from the politicians. These sob stories are not only from the opposition, they are also from those in government.
I have been following with keen interest the escapades of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL/Bolekana) in the past few months.

In the midst of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) debacle it is evident that we might go for an election earlier than anticipated. Hon Keketso Rantso (‘Mé Keke as she is fondly known) being a savvy politician is very much aware of this situation.
As such she decided to have a head-start against her colleagues in government. She is very busy with political rallies. What is interesting is the political rhetoric that seems to be the order of the day at her rallies.
My expectation from ‘M’e Keke was that she would report on the progress of the government to her followers, then share with them her vision going forward should the government collapse.
I was also expecting to hear her party policy and how she intends to assist Lesotho in getting out of the dilemma she is facing.

The dilemma is youth unemployment, joblessness across the board and malicious damage to small businesses by the government that fails to pay suppliers on time for services rendered.
I was expecting ‘M’e Keke to share with her audience how she has been faring in her Ministry so far. How she intends to rescue Basotho from the clutches of the Chinese that overwork and underpay them.
I also wanted to hear her tell Basotho if she has made any progress with regard to the export of labour that her Ministry is in a very good position to facilitate.
It would have also been nice to hear ‘M’e Keke give her opinion with regards to the seemingly slow progress on the reforms. I also wanted to hear her views on what she anticipates in relation to the involvement of women in parliament.

Instead ‘M’e Keke is complaining about the lack of consultation from her partners. She laments about the way they side-line her when it comes to the allocation of government jobs.
Her biggest complaint is that her lists are discarded and her people are removed from some of the lists.
A very sad story to the followers who are waiting with bated breath to be called for jobs. Getting a job in Lesotho nowadays is no small feat, it is an achievement worth celebrating with a gallon of homemade brew.
Telling her followers of the misfortunes she has endured at the hands of her partners makes them very sad and very understanding.
It makes them not question how, in the coalition where her voice is not heard, her daughter was able to make it to Lesotho’s embassy in Switzerland.

The act by the RCL leader of buying sympathy from her followers makes them not to ask her why she is expelling her private secretary without following due process.
Under normal circumstances one would have asked, is the secretary not a member of her party? Is he not like other members entitled to a living? But in Lesotho politics there is no time or place for such questions.
We cannot even ask ‘M’e Keke why there are expensive government cars gathering dust in the parking bay at her Ministry. What we are left with doing is feeling sorry for her because she is in government with those mean men that do not listen to her.

The mean men that do things on their own and remind her at every opportunity that she has no voice because she is a woman who contributes nothing to the government with her “pathetic” one seat.
I am a big fan of ‘M’e Keke for two simple reasons. The first reason is that she is a woman leader in a country where women continue to be taken for granted in leadership positions.
Second because she is my home girl. For these two reasons I am going to try and give her some advice.
I am no expert in political issues and as such my advice comes purely as that of an ordinary citizen who has been dealt a heavy blow by the way things are happening in this country.

As such I would like to advise my home girl to stop playing to the gallery and get down to the real work. It is no use emotionally blackmailing your followers by complaining that their names are being deleted when your very own daughter is enjoying a lucrative post in a foreign mission.
Because you are placed in a Ministry that can do so much for Basotho economically, I advise ‘M’e Keke to truly and with all honesty protect Basotho from the exploitation they face at the hands of the Chinese.
‘M’e Keke is strategically placed to ensure that the influx of uneducated Chinese and other foreigners who occupy positions meant for Basotho is curbed. I hope my advice will be heeded.

Kellelo Rakolobe

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