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WHEN it comes to leadership, humans are the most overrated species. They think they are the most sophisticated in the animal kingdom yet there is nothing unique about their leadership skills.

Animals too use force, coups, elections, quorums, seniority and consensus to either rule or make decisions.
Chimpanzees use physical force to control their group’s resources like food and sex (and yes, sex is a resource even among humans).

Their leaders are what one scientist has described as “self-interested thugs” ruling by terrorising the group. More like some of our leaders, right.

But some sophisticated chimpanzee leaders also rule by building coalitions and bonds in the group. We have those too. Among elephants, the oldest female is the leader because of her knowledge of sensing danger and looking for food and water.

Hyenas rule by social rank. Honey bees are more complex because they use both force and persuasion to choose a queen.

A hive creates several queens by feeding them a special diet. They then leave the potential queens to sting each other for supremacy, with the last bee standing becoming the queen.

But when they face a life-and-death decision on where to move or split up a hive their process is impressively more democratic than humans. Hundreds of bees from the hive go out to scout for new sites and report back on their finding.

A scout that dances more enthusiastically on their return to the hive convinces the other scouts to go check out his site. Once a certain number of scouts have visited the location the bees decide that they have reached a quorum and they return to the hive to get the others to follow them to the new site.

That is remarkable because it is way better than humans. A scout bee will never lie to other bees about the suitability of a new site because that will endanger the whole group. It acts in the best interests of the group because its fate is linked to that of the group. It is part of the team.

The same cannot be said for our politicians because they live for themselves. Their fate is never linked to that of the people and the country.

You will also notice that animals are led by the wisest, strongest, cutest or smartest. But no matter what happens, animals will never allow themselves to be led by the dullest in their group.

Humans do exactly that. We are probably the only species that allows itself to be led by imbeciles and idiots in their groups. If you think Muckraker is lying, ask yourself if your MP is the smartest person in your constituency.

If your answer is yes, you are likely to be a dunderhead wasting our precious oxygen. Tšolo cannot and will never be the smartest man from Mafeteng yet he has staggered his way into several parliaments.

Where is Muckraker going with this?

Well, the events in parliament last week have proved that we have allowed ourselves to be led by morons. Their only job in this tenth parliament was to pass the reforms. Yet they spent their time clobbering each other and clambering tables over trivial issues. Some of them even groped each other.

15 minutes before parliament was dissolved they suddenly remembered that they had reforms to pass. Now they are telling us that they ran out of time as if they started working on the reforms two weeks ago.

Our problem is not that we are a poor country. No. It is not that we are in the belly of South Africa. No. We simply lack leadership. We lack leadership because we vote nincompoops into leadership.

We then pretend to be shocked when they pee in the village well. We deserve the embarrassment and shame we are enduring.

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Tau’s gambling

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Selekenyane Tau, the businessman who pumped M373 127 of his money to electrify houses in his Thaba-Phechela constituency, is a special man. Not because he is generous.

That was not charity. Not because he is brave. That was anything but bravery. He is special because he appears to have a very expensive gambling problem.

Now that he has lost the primaries, we should be serious about getting him checked.

He is now throwing tantrums and accusing Uncle Sam of betraying him by supporting his rival in the primaries. Sing him a lullaby if you can.

Tau got 80 votes in the primaries (keep that number in mind for it will become crucial in the next 83 words). Teboho Mokhethi, the man who defeated him, got 111 votes.

Some are saying he is Father Christmas.

There are those saying this shows that people are ungrateful. They are wrong.

It shows that people are smart enough to see through a naked vote-buying ploy.

The first real lesson here is that gambling is dangerous. The second is that the villagers in Lesotho understand politics better than those who want to lead them. Third, most RFP elites understand politics like ten-year-olds. Some are no better than toddlers.

The fourth and most important lesson is that you should know the nature of a business before investing. Let’s bring back Tau’s 80 votes that Tau bought for a staggering M373 127.

In other words, he bought each of the primary votes for M4 664. Of course, he was giving that money to whole villages but the point remains the same.

He gave out M373 127 and got M4 664 in return. He would not have made that investment if it wasn’t for his political ambition. He went for broke and was broken. Muckraker will not laugh at the man because something good has come out of his naivety. Lesotho needs more such gullible politicians.

Look, now the people of Thaba-Phechela will be getting electricity.

You would think Tau would throw in the towel and cut his losses. But he is a determined man. He has now joined the AD because he says the people have told him that they love him.

It’s the same people he gave M373 127 after they told him that they love him.

He sure doesn’t know that the villagers are cunning. They might not know anything about the war in Ukraine or anything about Boris Johnson but they understand when and how to make aspiring politicians open their wallets.

The people of Thaba-Phechela are laughing their hearts out as they separate a man from his money without breaking a sweat. Bring the money Tau. Just bring it. They will vote for you.

Kikiikikikiikkiikikiikii. Hahahahahahahahahaha. He is a gift from the ancestors.

 

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Unreformable and unrepentant

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IT is a notorious fact that our MPs are some of the laziest in the world. They sleep in parliament like their lives depend on it. As if those who don’t sleep will not get their salaries.

There are some MPs who never uttered a word in the last parliament.

You only hear their voices when they say “Amen” after prayers or when they say “I” to vote for things beyond the grasp of their shallow and empty minds. But if you want our MPs to pay attention you just have to threaten their bread. Their eyes shine like Apollo lights and ears open like Maseru’s potholes.

The recent reforms have just done that. It is not a secret that our politicians don’t like the reforms because they threaten their pastures. They come with drastic changes that make it impossible to dish out jobs to cronies and abuse state power.

The reforms clip the prime minister’s wings, making it tough for them to fire PS’ as if they are herdboys. They leave no room for pathetic losers to sneak into parliament with paltry votes.

This explains why the reforms have been frustrated.

Any politician who claims to wholeheartedly support the reforms is lying through the teeth. They can tell that gobbledygook to a mountain.

They will not announce their loathing for the reforms because that would make them look like saboteurs.

Lesotho’s politicians are generally unafraid to pull the middle finger on the people. They take us for granted. But the United States, SADC, EU and AU put the fear of God in them.

You can hear from their fawning statements at the meetings that they are more scared of the international community than their own people.

So instead of bellowing and railing against the reforms they would rather cook up some legal argument to block them. That is why some of them are now arguing that using the state of emergency power to recall parliament to pass the reforms will be a gross violation of the constitution.

Even some certified buffoons that cannot tell a clause from a section are now constitutional law experts. Those who cannot even spell their names under pressure are going through the constitution with a fine comb to find ways to block attempts to recall parliament.

They might be right but their newly found passion to defend the constitution is hypocritical and self-serving.

Every day the constitutional rights of the people of this country are violated while the same politicians remain mum and stand at akimbo. You don’t hear them screaming their lungs out when the police beat, torture and kill suspects.

They go on voicemail when thousands of Basotho go hungry.

Not a word from them when our children are denied education, a basic human right, because schools are either too far from their homes or their parents cannot afford them.

Very few of them had something to say when the NUL student was robbed of his right to life by the callous and trigger-happy police.

None of them raise a finger when hundreds of our people are killed by criminals. They shut up when suspects are denied the right to justice because of our dysfunctional courts.

The point is that the constitution of this country has been repeatedly and brazenly violated that it’s not worth the paper on which it is printed.

 

It has been shredded and peed on by the same politicians who are now claiming to be protecting it from those who want to violate it to get the reforms passed.
Nyoe, nyoe, nyoe the constitution is sacrosanct.

Blah, blah, blah, there is no state of emergency. Yeh right! But you have defecated on the same constitution with impunity. Cut the BS, recall parliament and pass the damn reforms.

It’s the least you can do to redeem your tattered reputation of fighting and sleeping in parliament.

 

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Prayer for the losers

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Remember to pray for Joang Molapo, Tlohelang Aumane and Khothatso Tsooana. They are all licking their wounds after being clobbered in the RFP primaries.

The people of Maputsoe were not impressed by Joang’s pretentious English accent. At least he is not bellowing like he did when he was spanked by Chessman in the BNP. Back then he cried as he packed his bags to join the AD.

Now he has to look for another home that tolerates those who speak English through the nose. Shibilishibilishibili. Muckraker wishes him well because although he is a mediocre politician, Joang is a good human being.

Aumane lost because he is a political prostitute. Yeh, I said it! And I will say it again before the cock crows thrice. Muckraker can prove that beyond reasonable doubt. The man defected from the DC to join the AD because he was promised a ministerial position. When the AD ran out of its sweetness, he jumped to the RFP.

The RFP however saw through his monkey tricks and rejected him in the primaries. Not here, the RFP people said. But Aumane is not one to spend too long in an unsatisfying political bed.

He is now rumoured to have crawled into bed with the Socialist Revolutionaries. Socialists led by a machonisa. Socialists who drive a million rand car. Phew.

Do they even know what socialism is about? Or maybe they think socialism is the same as socialising. Aumane will not ask those questions because they will interfere with his kuenalisation. He stands for nothing and believes in nothing. He is just a political opportunist. He can sell a relative for bus fare.

As for Tšooana, Muckraker can only say tough luck. He is a typical example of what happens when you run away from an apprenticeship. Clearly, Uncle Tom had not finished training him. It’s not for nothing that he was a PS.

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