When our leaders fly with the wind

When our leaders fly with the wind

The dawn of coalition governments in Lesotho has brought so much uncertainty to the lives of citizens and the economic standing of the country. This is witnessed by the apparent lack of foresight and wisdom to elevate her to peace and prosperity.

Instead it would appear we are led by people whose sole interest is just lining their pockets and those of their friends and cadres.

Take for example the leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing and his changing stance on the Government of National Unity. The issue became famous and most talked about during the tenure of the second coalition government when Hon Monyane Moleleki and his leader Hon Pakalitha Mosisili were fighting for the control of the Democratic Congress (DC).

Moleleki was of the view that the country needed a GNU to overcome the problems it was facing at that time. The DC leader was not keen on the GNU as he was being side-lined by Moleleki who wanted to lead it. Metsing was behind Moisisli all the way. His stance was that the GNU was not in the best interests of Lesotho and her people at that time.

At that point the LCD leader thought his support to the DC leader would seal his place in the next government and was therefore not interested in a GNU. However, today he is at the forefront of advocating for the same GNU.

Metsing is so keen on the GNU that he feels he should be the one to lead it. His stance of wanting to be a Prime Minister under a GNU shows that he is so determined to make it work to the extent that he does not trust that other people can do as good a job as he intends.

I must say I have no opinion on the GNU debate as there is no person or party that has thus far convinced me that it would be to the benefit of Basotho as a whole not just our leaders and their friends.

However, I am venturing into the GNU matter only because I am alarmed at the U-turn taken by the LCD leader. It baffles me that now when he finds himself in the proverbial political island he has suddenly become its biggest fan and advocate.

Metsing is not alone in somersaulting. Our very own MPs were also on the spotlight not so long ago for turning against the decisions they had agreed on. When Justice Moseneke visited for the facilitation of the Reforms Bill, the political leaders were more humble than a lamb going for slaughter.

Nonetheless immediately when they got into the special seating of the august House they took a surprising U-turn. They changed their tune when they demanded that the Bill be deferred to the committees instead of just being passed in the House as they had earlier agreed.

Fortunately for us Justice Moseneke was quick to put them in their place and the Bill was successfully passed. This turn of events painted Lesotho in a very bad light among its peers. It meant we are a nation that cannot make its own decisions and faithfully implement them.

It makes Lesotho look like an errant child that needs to be babysat at all times to ensure that s/he does not get up to mischief.

Last week our leaders were at it again at the National Leaders’ forum. This time the bone of contention was on who should be the Master of Ceremonies. It is very saddening that adults, in fact not just ordinary adults, but people we have been bestowed with leadership roles can squabble over such trivial matter as to who should be an MC. Fortunately the European Union (EU) representative to Lesotho talked some sense into our leaders.

I fervently hope they listened carefully to that speech as it had so many valid points. For me the point that stood out was when he told them that Basotho are in need of peace, of jobs and of a stable government not the bickering that has been the order of the day.

Lastly, I would like to touch on the stance of Lesotho with regard to the Morocco and Sahrawi. Lesotho boldly pronounced itself as being neutral in the matter despite being a member of the AU and SADC. When people raised concerns on this stance, Lesotho quickly cartwheeled and backtracked on its decision to be neutral.

These incidents may seem funny but they have a very huge impact on Basotho and Lesotho as a whole not just the few leaders that flow with the wind. Our leaders have since graduated from being national and regional jokes to being international ones.

How will Basotho show face in international arenas and platforms without being reminded about these incidents that our leaders are always putting us through?

I am humbly appealing to our leaders, both in government and the opposition, even to those not in parliament to change their attitudes and the way they deal with issues and matters of national interest. It is high time they have clear strategies on how to handle matters and stop flying with the wind.

By:Kelello Rakolobe

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