Elections are inevitable!

Elections are inevitable!

I listened to speakers at the two rallies held by the All Basotho Convention (ABC) this past weekend and I sensed there is a looming motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Thomas Thabane in Parliament.

This is happening at a time when we also celebrated two years since we voted for this government. The 3rd of June is therefore a very important date to remember because it was on this day two years ago when 235 729 people voted for the ABC to become the leading partner in the four-party coalition government.
Once the motion of no-confidence has been filed, we must expect general elections and nothing else. Section 83 (4) (b) of the constitution says: “if the National Assembly passes a resolution of no confidence in the Government of Lesotho and the Prime Minister does not within three days thereafter either resign or advise a dissolution the King may, acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State, dissolve Parliament.”
We all know that within three days the Prime Minister would have crossed Kingsway to advise the King for the dissolution of Parliament and elections.
These are difficult times indeed. We seem to be locked in a political quagmire that gets worse with every passing day, with no solution in sight. Endless arguments lead to endless divisions within political parties.

Indeed we have a real problem: the ABC and the Alliance of Democrats (AD) as political organisations are too fractured either to govern or to face a General Election. The other fundamental problem is that the Prime Minister and the First Lady have exchanged roles, and this has created chaos in the running of the government.
Could this mean the end of the Thabane-led coalition government and soon we shall have general elections? Elections are costly and we don’t have funds to finance them. Are there other solutions?
But wait, some people argue that there is a possible solution — a government of national unity.
According to Wikipedia, “a government of national unity is a broad coalition government consisting of all parties (or all major parties) in the legislature, usually formed during a time of war or other national emergency.”

They argue that if ever there was a situation that could be described as a national emergency, at least from a political perspective, Lesotho is in one now.
The government’s failure to manage state finances and the ABC debacle has hit hard on the government. Once again the government has got itself in a knot and international opinion of Lesotho ranges from incredulity to mockery.

So why not a government of national unity, they ask? I must say that on the face of it this option makes sense. Get the best political brains around the cabinet table to thrash out a way through this mess that is in the best interests of all the people of the nation.
But before we go there, think about what this is saying. If we don’t have a government of national unity in place today then we must have something that is the opposite of this — a government of national disunity, one that divides the country and one that does not fight in the interests of all people of the nation.
I must be frank that the past three coalition governments have been governments of national disunity. In the past six years Basotho have been so divided and no one fought for our interests as a nation.

Here is the problem. All governments should be of national unity. All politicians should be working for the best interests of all its citizens and not just those that reflect their own views.
We do not need to be in a special arrangement or in a national emergency for this to happen. Unity is the fundamental role of government anyway.
Instead we have party politics which ensures a divisive approach to governance where one party wins and one loses. Politics should be a win-win situation. We always should strive for national unity. It is party politics that is the problem.

I disagree with those who say a GNU is the solution. The First Lady will continue to be reviled for running down the government.
As long as the First Lady is still in control of the steering wheel I see the costs of running the government skyrocketing.
Secondly, the Prime Minister and the First Lady are the weakest link to the Chinese state capture.
So I will not support any government that continues to put the interests of Chinese first. I do not think Thabane has Lesotho’s interests anymore.
Thirdly, with an element of greed among Basotho politicians I foresee a bloated cabinet that represents every party in Parliament. So we are not going to save any money by avoiding the general election. Unfortunately politicians have allowed greed to overtake their principles.

Lastly, I am not going to lie: I was beginning to enjoy watching Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane fail. I await each new revelation about his Yan Xie aka John and Stone Shi ties with gleeful anticipation. I smile every time the President of Appeal Court blocks his dirty tricks.
I delight in his ongoing struggle to get the chewing gum off the First Lady (who has turned into a Prime Minister) out of his hair. I am gratified by his mismanagement of state funds and corruption.

To me, these are not guilty pleasures, but righteous ones. Thabane’s failures are a kind of justice, a confirmation that the political universe still operates according to rules I can understand and appreciate, like a beautiful sunset. Presumably I am not the only one who feels this way. Thabane brought this upon himself.
If you think elections are costly, try the cost of being governed by the First Lady. As long as the First Lady is still in control of the steering wheel I see the costs of running the government skyrocketing.

Ramahooana matlosa

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