What is there for Lesotho to celebrate?

What is there for Lesotho to celebrate?

Senate Sekotlo

MASERU – WHAT is there for Lesotho to celebrate as it marks its 50th jubilee? The answers to that question depend who you speak.

It’s a matter of perception: is the cup half full or half empty.

Those different perspectives where on display last Friday at 50th Independence lectures organised by the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL).

Maluke Letete, an economics lecturer at the National University of Lesotho (NUL), said he does not understand why Basotho have to celebrate independence yet they cannot even meet their recurrent budget needs.

“Economy is bound to collapse due to politics and corruption by political leaders,” Letete said.

He said Lesotho cannot create jobs for its people hence the ‘mass exodus’ of Basotho to other countries.

This, he said, had destroyed the social structure.

“Though migration stimulates the country’s economy, children are growing without their parents which simply means that up-coming Basotho are illiterate in culture because there is no guidance from their parents,” he said.

Mokoena Majara, a local political analyst, said Basotho are “celebrating 50 years of lessons of their mistakes”.

Majara said leaders should always settle for truth and when they see that the ruling party is about to collapse they should say it without fear.

“Speak the truth with love and respect will never leave you,” Majara said.

Dr Lehlohonolo Phafoli, a senior lecturer at NUL’s Department of African Languages and Literature bemoaned lack of policy of language or law that defend and fight for language.

“It is now 50 years of independence but still there is no law governing our language as Basotho. Who is in charge of language and literature and new Sotho terminologies that emerge daily in the country?” Phafoli said.

“Has parliament ever bothered to make a policy that governs language? What measures have been taken to improve value of Basotho games to improve our infra-structure?” he said.

“These questions are going straight to Habokhethe Sekonyela who is Principal Secretary of Home Affairs,” he said.

Sekonyela is a customary law expert who was teaching at NUL before he was appointed the Principal Secretary for Home Affairs.

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