08-08-2017 marked a historic secret ballot in South African parliament, for the fellow South Africans, the likes of the Basotho politics plus the political champions of the world, breathed the chilly weather and headed to the motion of no confidence to the President of South Africa [Jacob Zuma], the one mostly who survived on a slim margin of the turnout of about 198 votes versus 177 votes, that were strategically meant to oust Zuma.
That happened after the constitutional court ruled out that, the discretion on the voting processes and procedures in the National Assembly is vested squarely on the shoulders of Madam Speaker [Baleka Mbete], on whether the voting process should be in the form of secret ballot or an open voting.
The motive behind was, the controversial reshuffle of finance ministers Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, to abandon talks with foreign investors in the United Kingdom [UK] and United States of America [USA] respectively, it was without argument that, the action brought an economic crisis in South Africa, as the country [South Africa] was downgraded to the junk status.
President Jacob Zuma is popularly known for 783 corruption activities, that include among others, arms deal, remedial action on his special home at Nkandla, and not only that but also the allegations regarding skeptical business partners of his son [Duduzane].The family AKA Guptas who are suspected to be profiteering from the misery of millions of South Africans, and that was a clear indication that he [Zuma], the Guptas and the rest of the accused government ministers and officials who are thought to be benefiting unduly, committed different offences concerted with one another.
In the scenario of Lesotho, Prime Minister [PM] Pakalitha Mosisili by then, lost motion of no confidence to him as a premier badly on the 01-03-2017, the motion that was proposed by the lawmakers in parliament [lower House], the same sentiment explained itself that, the coalition between Former PM Motsoahae Thabane, Monyane Moleleki and the two minor party leaders would join forces in an effort to defeat the common enemies [Mosisili and his allies].
Charles Fogelman made it clear that: Unsurprisingly, the second coalition and hopefully the third in waiting shall collapse before the end of the term, he was adamant that, the fresh elections seemed not to solve any of the Kingdom’s deeper problems that relate to the policy making processes in Lesotho. He further speculates that, policy in Lesotho is often dictated by forces from outside the country. Among the foreign policies made from the governmental agencies and regional co-operation bodies-Thus leave Lesotho top politicians relatively powerless.
Fogelman is also worried about squabbles over leadership in Lesotho, that is rarely about substantive political difference, but produce real outcome. Soldiers, police, security guards, musicians and defenseless civilians have all been killed because of the ongoing political tension. Making the situation worse, the current premier [Thabane] has launched what is associated to be massacre, notable when he ordered the police to assault or brutally punish suspects when they are not at the disposal of the witnesses. With this being the case, suspects are severely tortured while some die in the hands of police.
Dlangamandla F. and Nhlabathi H. argued that: The prospect of Thabane’s return to the position of the premiership after the elections sparked fears in the diplomatic circles, it is without doubt that, celebration of Basotho over the victory of Thabane on the said elections could amount to handing of power to the questionable Guptas’ family, who allegedly funded his election campaign.
City Press described Thabane’s campaign as the most well-funded among the contestants with fleet of branded vehicles used to ferry the leader and his team. Thabane campaigners managed to buy adverts space on the big billboards along Maseru main King ‘s way Road and outshone opponents with branded events, T.shirts, give away and campaign materials, leaflets and manifestos.
Both Thabane and Zuma, the gentlemen who are rumored to be good friends, have always been vocal in dealing with the following matters; Fighting and uprooting corruption at all forms, crime prevention, fully participating against homicide at all levels, but subject to that, their actions speak a different language altogether, let alone a sizable number of people who are murdered on politically motivated killings during their regiment, their debatable relationship with the Guptas, an attempt to crime prevention that is implemented in an irrational manner, subhuman and dangerous to our democratic dispensation.
BY THUTO HENRY SELOMI
Selomi is a qualified teacher by profession, who is currently teaching across the country [Lesotho], in one of the NGO schools. Research in Social Sciences Disciplines, is now becoming his service to the community as a whole.