We need a ‘Malema’ in Lesotho

We need a ‘Malema’ in Lesotho

First of all, power is expensive. Its cost can’t even be quantified because it goes beyond monetary value. It is highly valuable and its fruits are highly sought after.  Money means nothing without power. While many people dream of having more money to be able to acquire this and that and the next thing as the story goes, power is at the tip of the iceberg.

Otherwise why would someone like Donald Trump want the ultimate seat of control when he is already a multi-millionaire?
Power has the ability to usurp. African states are fertile ground for the kind of power that is unstoppable like a bull with horns.
Developed countries differ from African countries in this regard because of strong constitutional institutions like the judiciary.
Typical banana republics control the very institutions that are meant to provide checks and balances to those in power so that they exercise it with caution.

In South Africa President Zuma is currently highlighting just how these power struggles between those in power on one hand and the law on the other.  The Public Protector as an institution of the constitution recommended that there should be a commission of inquiry into the alleged state capture as mandated by her office.

Ordinarily the presiding judge of the inquiry would be elected by the President, but since the President is implicated in the state capture report, another recommendation is for the chief justice to appoint the judge instead of the President in order to avoid an obvious conflict of interest.
In his response, President Zuma challenged the recommendation as unconstitutional. He wants to appoint a judge in a tribunal that is set up to investigate him.

But what about the people, you might ask. Well, after a while I’m sure it doesn’t even matter.
It’s power by any means necessary even if the people suffer economically and otherwise. This is seen clearly in the last Kenyan elections where there is an ongoing power struggle.

I see so many similarities between Kenya and our own beloved Kingdom. In a country already marred by tensions in previous elections, deep rooted instability and conflict was sparked almost instantaneously by a decision by the opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, who vehemently rejected the outcome of the Presidential elections citing many reasons why the elections were not free and fair.

This led to a re-run of the elections where Kenyans had to go back to the polls within a specified period of about a month.
As if this was not enough waste of time, energy and state resources, Raila Odinga decided to boycott the elections the second time around alleging that the issues of fairness were not being adequately addressed. Can you imagine calling for a re-run of elections and then pulling out of the contest?
Obviously Uhuru Kenyatta won the elections because his main contender had pulled out. This time he won with a voter turnout of approximately 30 per cent.

This is not surprising. Who would be keen to vote after those theatrics? The battle is still continuing with Raila Odinga challenging these results in court. I find these events heart-breaking, that a person can go through great lengths to fight a losing battle at the expense of people’s lives.
Why not accept the election results, sit back and watch for at least a year before tabling concrete reasons why the incumbent leadership is incompetent considering that no political regime is perfect?

I actually have no qualms with grown folks playing games at all, but not at the expense of the general population.
While I often browse at news channels and sometimes frown upon the current methods that the students at South African institutions are applying to get their point across around the fees must fall debacle, on the other hand I applaud them.

At least they have enough guts to stand up for what they believe in unlike us who sit and discuss distressing issues that affect our country time and time again behind closed doors. While our ideologies differ and our political interests deeply divide us, one thing we can all agree on is that Lesotho needs radical change.

A revolution so to speak. The cry for a Malema-esque leadership is louder than ever. Until then we will continue to run around in circles politically.

l Contact Thato for business writing, contracts and speaking at business events on 58419117 or t_mokhothu@yahoo.com

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