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Thebe-ea-khale is your boss

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IF you think education is a waste of time you just have to remember that there is a man called Simon Thebe-ea-khale.

If you want to understand why financial literacy should be taught from primary school you have to look at the people who invested in his wretched Ponzi scheme.

But if you want to laugh you have to remember that the RFP has Thebe-ea-khale as one of its candidates.

The punch line of that joke is that the party claims to be basing its selection of candidates on meritocracy. The party says it hired consultants to interview the aspiring candidates. And we are told that the team comprised of people with qualifications in human resources, management and politics. There were also some PhD holders and church leaders.

Khele!

Ke mohlolo oa thuoana ea loli.

A whole panel of so-called experts interviewed him and thought he is fit for purpose.

Never mind that he was running a Ponzi scheme that swallowed nearly half a billion maloti.

That he was keeping money in boxes did not matter to the panel and the RFP leadership.

Nor did it bother them that he is the man who left thousands of Basotho high and dry as he robbed Peter to pay Paul under the guise of “investments”.

There are those clever by half who call Thebe-ea-khale a businessman who was sabotaged by the central bank and the government.

It is their right to display their financial illiterateness.

Blissful ignorance is not a crime. Nor is it entirely shameful. What is disgraceful is to wear ignorance like a badge of honour. Thebe-ea-Khale was a thief and he is yet to repent because there is a battalion of people who still believe he was a saviour.

That he is not in jail is a reflection of the lawlessness that pervades this country.

That he doesn’t move around with ten bodyguards is because we have a national penchant for celebrating thieves. Steal M10 from one Mosotho at a market and a mob will lynch you before the police drive the Mokhorotlo F.O.O.T to the scene.

But steal millions from thousands of them and they will lift you on their shoulders and call you a hero.

Thebe-ea-Khale’s obvious sin against the thousands did not matter to the RFP because they are redefining both our politics and the words that come with it.

He is their main man in Hloahloeng and they are sticking with him.

Meritocracy, my foot!

But who the RFP chooses as its candidate is not Muckraker’s business.

After all, the party is a property of a few who have their terms.

What disappoints Muckraker is the arguments of those who are bitter about being side-lined by the party.

They are pointing to their victories in the primaries. Okay!

They say the due process was not followed. Fine!

Some are demanding that the party shows them the results of their selection interviews.

Alright!

And they are saying all this because they want to prove that they deserve to represent the party in the next elections.

The reality, though, is that they are missing the point.

This has nothing to do with the primaries and due process.

It never was and will never be.

The real substantial argument against the party’s decision to bin them is dancing on their foreheads while they scratch their heads for legal jargon.

Pretending to be legal experts when they cannot even beat Thebe-ea-Khale in an interview where logic and honesty are being tested.

Their argument should be that Thebe-ea-khale, a certified tsotsi, is a candidate and they are not.

That alone is enough to make any judge see the hollowness of the party’s meritocracy mantra. If it’s too late to force the party to reverse its decision they should, at least, sue it for defaming and insulting them.

Defamation because the party is alleging that Thebe-ea-khale is better than them. Insulting because the party had the guts to put them in a meritocracy race with Thebe-ea-khale.

Nka! Ichuuuuuuuuuuu!

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Small and greedy chancers

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MUCKRAKER has not stopped laughing since attending the meeting between the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and treasurers of political parties.

The main agenda was how the parties would share the M5 million allocated for campaign funding. As the sharing formula was being announced Muckraker could see some leaders twisting their faces and fidgeting in their chairs.

The IEC said M1 million would be shared equally among all the contesting parties.

The leaders of smallanyana parties were calm until the IEC said the remaining M4 million would be shared proportionally among parties according to the number of votes they won in the previous election.

Suddenly, the smallanyana guys realised that they would not receive much. They lost their heads and started weaping about justice and fairness.

In the pandemonium, Mohatle Litaba, the Basotho Economic Enrichment (BEE) leader, stood to speak.

“How can the IEC say we should get into the ring and fight Goliaths yet we are Davids?” Litaba said. Muckraker thought she saw a tear drop from Litaba’s left eye as he said those words. It was as if his bread had been stolen.

That David versus Goliath story appeared to be shared by other leaders of smaller parties who thought big parties were getting a lion’s share of the campaign funding.

It was a collective whimpering.

The David versus Goliath comparison sounded reasonable because Litaba was talking about size. His parties and many others are indeed small. The big are big for sure.

The only problem is that the smaller parties are not Davids.

For a start, the real story about David and Goliath is not about size but faith.

David defeated Goliath because he had faith that the Lord would protect him.

Unlike the parties that are demanding more money to fight in the election, David didn’t ask for anything. Instead, he took his sling and picked five smooth stones from the river.

The king offered him an amour for protection but he said it was too big.

So there you have it. David faced Goliath with only faith, a sling and five stones.

The smallanyana parties should do the same if they are real Davids.

They don’t need public funds to win this election.

They should have faith that they will win this election without public funding.

David only fought Goliath because his people were cornered.

Politicians enter an election for power and the benefits that come with it.

They are in it for themselves.

David was the anointed one to lead the nation of Israel. Muckraker doubts that the Lord would anoint the clowns in our politics to lead this country.

Nyoe, nyoe we are Davids. Cut the crap. You are Judas Iscariots.

And the bigger parties should not compare themselves to Goliath either because they are worse.

They have made our lives a living hell.

Nka! Ichuuuuuuuuuuu!

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Small and greedy chancers

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MUCKRAKER has not stopped laughing since attending the meeting between the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and treasurers of political parties.

The main agenda was how the parties would share the M5 million allocated for campaign funding. As the sharing formula was being announced Muckraker could see some leaders twisting their faces and fidgeting in their chairs.

The IEC said M1 million would be shared equally among all the contesting parties.

The leaders of smallanyana parties were calm until the IEC said the remaining M4 million would be shared proportionally among parties according to the number of votes they won in the previous election.

Suddenly, the smallanyana guys realised that they would not receive much. They lost their heads and started weaping about justice and fairness.

In the pandemonium, Mohatle Litaba, the Basotho Economic Enrichment (BEE) leader, stood to speak.

“How can the IEC say we should get into the ring and fight Goliaths yet we are Davids?” Litaba said. Muckraker thought she saw a tear drop from Litaba’s left eye as he said those words. It was as if his bread had been stolen.

That David versus Goliath story appeared to be shared by other leaders of smaller parties who thought big parties were getting a lion’s share of the campaign funding.

It was a collective whimpering.

The David versus Goliath comparison sounded reasonable because Litaba was talking about size. His parties and many others are indeed small. The big are big for sure.

The only problem is that the smaller parties are not Davids.

For a start, the real story about David and Goliath is not about size but faith.

David defeated Goliath because he had faith that the Lord would protect him.

Unlike the parties that are demanding more money to fight in the election, David didn’t ask for anything. Instead, he took his sling and picked five smooth stones from the river.

The king offered him an amour for protection but he said it was too big.

So there you have it. David faced Goliath with only faith, a sling and five stones.

The smallanyana parties should do the same if they are real Davids.

They don’t need public funds to win this election.

They should have faith that they will win this election without public funding.

David only fought Goliath because his people were cornered.

Politicians enter an election for power and the benefits that come with it.

They are in it for themselves.

David was the anointed one to lead the nation of Israel. Muckraker doubts that the Lord would anoint the clowns in our politics to lead this country.

Nyoe, nyoe we are Davids. Cut the crap. You are Judas Iscariots.

And the bigger parties should not compare themselves to Goliath either because they are worse.

They have made our lives a living hell.

Nka! Ichuuuuuuuuuuu!

muckraker.post@gmail.com

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The RFP’s cowards

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You have to feel sorry for those who won the RFP’s primaries but failed to pass Uncle Sam’s meritocracy test.

One morning they are accepting their fate and pledging allegiance to Uncle Sam.

The next morning they are bellowing and galloping to court complaining about the same man. It’s a conglomeration of a confused lot.

A hotchpotch of desperate souls.

What is clear is that they are cowards.

Sister Phamotse is the poster girl of that group.

After being denied a chance to represent the Matlakeng constituency, the sister complained a little bit but eventually said she accepted the party’s decision.

She waxed lyrical about Uncle Sam’s leadership and compassion.

“I attended the Thaba-Tseka rally in solidarity with the RFP because even though I didn’t pass my interview, I remain cognisant of the principles which led me to the RFP,” Dr Phamotse said.

“The party is working for a better Lesotho for all its citizens. I admire Sam Matekane’s leadership qualities.

He is an implementer who has done so much for the country even before he ventured into politics,” she said.

“Ntate Matekane is a compassionate individual.

He cares about others’ needs and if he says I need to step aside so he can implement his plans, I am glad to do so because I believe in his ideals.

I have decided not to put myself first but to continue to back him (Matekane) for the greater good.”

“So, I won’t go to court to fight to become the party candidate,” she added.

That was a few weeks ago.

Now she has changed her mind and is among the 16 people suing Matekane and his party.

If confusion was a person.

The duplicity is breathtaking. In August Matekane was an “implementer” and “compassionate leader”.

In September he is a leader who doesn’t respect the people’s will and likes to violate his party’s regulations.

Phamotse and her group say their decision is informed by the recent court victory of five other candidates who were in a position similar to theirs.

They say that ruling against the party shows that they were treated unfairly.

Yeh, right!

If it took them a court ruling to realise that they had been treated unfairly then they must stop whatever they are smoking.

That much has always been as naked as a goat’s behind.

They were just too scared to fight the decision.

Nka! Ichuuuuuuuuuuu!

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