The Clause 10 challenge can’t pass irrationality and proportionality test

In constitutional and administrative law, there is a potion that deals with judicial remedies, where one party is not satisfied with the ruling against it by a public body. It’s called judicial review.

There are three grounds for judicial review application to succeed.

They are illegality, procedural impropriety and proportionality.

I’m not a lawyer, therefore, I’m not expressing a legal opinion here, but a researched view, as concerned citizen.

Basing one’s argument on Mr Metsing’s view that during the time of Phumaphe, the late Tefo Hashatsi sued the commission and of course Sadc, in the high court of Lesotho and got an order, yet Sadc refused to abide by it,
claiming primacy of the regional body over member states, I dare say:-

In the same breathe irrationality and proportionality could be relied upon by the opposition, who should have, by now, taken the Mahao case to a higher court (Sadc facilitation team) for review.

The court that’s headed by a reasonable adjudicator in the form of Dikgang Moseneke, should quash the recent judgment, which challenges the legality of Clause 10 of the MOU, signed by a coalition of ruling parties and a coalition of opposition parties, and declare it a nullity and of no consequence whatever.

I hope this humble submission shall be found to have elements that may assist the opposition make a break-threw in this political and psychological war.

Remain blessed.

Moseneke o khalema bompoli ba paramente le ’muso oa Lesotho

Lesotho—Moahloli Dikgang Moseneke o khalemetse ka matla, bompoli bo etsoang ke ’muso oa naha ena le paramente ea habo eona e khantšang matla a bongata le ha ho se ho sebetsoa litaba tsa bohlokoa tsa naha, e leng tsa tlhophobocha.

Monghali Moseneke o entse khalemo ena kamor’a ho utloa tlaleho ea komiti ea Meralo ea tlhophobocha, ka Laboraro lena, ’mokeng oa boetellipele ba sechaba sa Basotho, le ho utloa khang ea bohanyetsi holim’a tlaleho e reng ho se ho na le kasete e tataisang tšebetso ea tlhophobocha e entsoeng ke paramente.

Boetellipele ba bohanyetsi bo ne bo ile ba bolella Moseneke hore ha bo e-s’o bone kasete ena e seng e phatlalatsoa ka ’mokeng, feela see ba se tsebang ke hore ba ne ba ntse ba khalemela ’muso ka paramenteng ha o ne o batla ho fetisa molao o kena-kenanang le MoU ea bohanyetsi le ’muso, e supang tsela.

O bile a toba ’muso le maparamante a oona a re ba ntše matsoho a bona tokomaneng eo, e se re ba nyopisa mosebetsi o fihletsoeng ka thata, a ba supa hore maparamente a lokela ho fua thupelo holim’a tšebetso ena, a tseba ho utloisisa moeli oo a lokelang ho sebeletsa kahar’a oona.

Tonakholo Motsoahae Thabane o ile a ema a ikokobelitse a kopa monna eo oa Tšoane ea ’Mameloli hore a se ke a mpa a ba ngala, o tla buisana le lehlakore la habo, hore le theole moea, mosebetsi o etsoe ka makhethe.

Ho feta moo, ho lumellanoe, ke baetellipele hore ’moka oa sechaba sohle o tle o be ka la mashome a mabeli a metso e tšeletseng, ho ea ho la mashome a mabeli a metso e robeli, molemong oa ho o hlophela hantle. ’Muso o ne o supile hore o tla tloha ka la mashome a mabeli a metso e meraro.

’Mokao neng o ile oa buloa ke tonakholo ea naha ena, monghali Motsoahae thabane, o ile oa koaloa ke moetellipele oa bohanyetsi, monghali Mathibeli Mokhothu ea ileng a tiisa hore ’muso o ikemiselitse ka matla ho nyopisa tlhophobocha, ka ho fokolisa matla a tumellano ea ’muso le bohanyetsi, a ba a kopa Moseneke ho thusetsa.

Ha ho ntse ho buisanoa ka bokamoso bo tataisoang ke MoU ea ’muso le bohanyetsi, Lekhotla la Molao oa Motheo la Lesotho lona le ne le phathahantsoe ke nyeoe e qholotsang temana ea leshome ea MoU, ’me marang-rang a re lekhotla le ahloletse balli hore Monghali Mothejoa Metsing a tle a tobane le bohale ba molao mohla a kenang Lesotho. RK.

 

 

Mxolisi Nxasana case relevant to the one of Lesotho Chief Justice

Lesotho—The case of Mxolisi Nxasana, SA’s former Director of National Prosecution Agency an equivalent of Lesotho’s Director of Public Prosecutions is as relevant to the case of both our Chief Justice and our former DPP.

Our DPP, Mr Leaba Thetsane was pressurised to take a buyout package just like Nxasana. He did bow down to the pressure, a thing which the SA Concourt has ruled as wrong.

Similarly, the government of Lesotho is hell-bent on pushing our Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara to accept a buyout package.

This, against Article 155(4)(a) of the Constitution of  lesotho which clealy shows that the Executive has no “power to require a Judge … to retire from the public service”.

“Consequently, any negotiations directed at securing the exit of the CJ is an act in fragrant violation of the Constitution abbeted by those who are enjoined to protect it.” Says legal experts.

Ms Nthomeng Majara has been resisting the offer on the basis of constitutionality, but sources closer to the higher echelons of power allege that she is now showing signs of fatigue; she may bow down to pressure, reason being the SADC facilitation team does not seem  to have enough coura to knock sense into government to respect negotiated settlements as recorded in the Memorundum of Understanding of October 16 instant, signed by Deputy PM Monyane Moleleki and Official Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathibeli Mokhothu. RK.

 

Lekhotla le Phahameng le qhalile nyeoe ea tsekisano ea bahlolohali ba Paul Lechalaba

Lesotho—Lekhotla le Phahameng la Lesotho le re khang ea bohlahlami le bojalefa ba mobu oa Paul Lechalaba ea hlokahetseng khale e isitsoe lekhotleng leo ka phoso, ka ha e le ea basali ba reng ba ne ba nyetsoe ka lenyalo la likhomo, ho bile ho sena bopaki bo tiisang hore ba ne ba fela ba nyetsoe ke Lechalaba.

Lekhotla le laetse ke hona hore khang ena, ba e ise makhotleng a Basotho ka ha e le ’ona a nang le matla a molao a ho tseba hore na bo-nkhono le mora oa e mong oa bona, ba fela ba ne ba nyetsoe ke Paul Lechalaba hoo bona le mora eo oa e mong oa bona ba ka tsekang mobu oa mofu.

Ha ba ntse ba sebetsana le ho otlolla ho nyaloa le ho tsoaloa ke mosali ea reng o ne a nyetsoe ke Paul Lechalaba, bohle ba laetsoe ke Moahloli ’Maseforo Mahase ho phelisana ka khotso moo mofu a ba siileng teng.

Moahloli o bile a re taba e totobetseng ke hore mofu o ne a nyalane le e mong ’Maseipati Sarah Lechalaba ea seng a ile ho o batang, ea hlalosoang e ne e le moholoane oa balli, ha Makhala Lechalaba ea itlhalosang e le mosali oa matsoathaka, ho hlahella hore pele a kena ha Lechalaba, o ne a nyetsoe ke e mong Lebohang Lipholo.

Balli e ne e le Nthati Lechalaba le Nthatisi Lechalaba, baikarabelli e ne e le Mathabeng Khopotso Lechalaba, Makhala Lechalaba, Estate Lechalaba, Salman Hardware le ba bang.

Nyeoe ena e ne e qale ho mameloa ka selemo sa 2016 khoeling ea Tšitoe ea mameloa makhetlo a mararo selemong se hlahlamang, ka ho fapakana ha likjhoeli, e oele mafelong a khoeli e fetileng. RK.

 

 

Metsing o tla kena Lesotho ka la khoeling ena ka la 25

Lesotho—Moetellipele oa Nonyana e Kholo o lebelletsoe ho kena Lesotho ka Sontaha sa ha khoeli ena e tla be e hlola matsatsi a mashome mabeli a metso e mehlano, a tsoa ka Afrika Boroa bophaphathehing ba nako e telele.

Tsena li phatlalalitsoe sebokeng sa boqolotsi ba litaba, Maseru, ka Labobeli lena ke boetellipele ba bohanyetsi, bo bileng ba re o tla kena a aperoe ke banna bohle ba Basotho ba ileng ba kholaphalo ba baleha semana sa ’muso ona o bitsoang oa Lephele ke bohanyetsi.

Har’a bona ho tla ba le moetellipele oa Kanana ea Basotho, Teboho Mojapela, motlatsi oa moetellipele oa Nonyana e Kholo, Tšeliso Mokhosi, Mookameli ea phomolong oa sepolesa Molahlehi Letsoepa, Mookameli oa mehleng oa mautloela Tumo Lekhooa le ba bang ba bangata.

Hona sebokeng seo, bohanyetsi bo ile ba tšoela ka sehlethela sa mathe le likhohlela, see ba itseng ke boitšoaro bo makatsang ba ’muso oa Lesotho, bo reretsoeng ho setisa Tlhophobocha, ka ho iqosa ka lekhotleng le phahameng, o sebelisa batho banna le basali ba basotho, athe batho bao, e mpa e le maholi a patileng maeba, e le matsollopeli mapata masene. RK.

 

 

Mokhothu o re letona ha le ete Litotla li fue karabo

Lesotho— Moetellipele oa bohanyetsi ka paramenteng ea Lesotho o re hoa fosahala hore e be Litotla ha li es’o fue karabo ea lekala malebana le ho honyetsoa ha eona ka le reng letona le etile. O re letona ha le ete, le ha e se e le ka motsotso o le mong.

A bua ho Probono ea Labobeli lena, Monghali Mathibeli Mokhothu o itse le ha se-ea-le-moea sena se tla honyetsoa, likhoeling tse peli tse fetileng, letona lee ho seng ho thoe le emetsoe le ne le ntse le le sieo, se ile sa honyetsoa ke le neng le setse le tšoere molepo, e leng se lokelang ho etsahala le hona joalo.

Motaung o ne a buella holim’a lengolo la bohanyetsi le tobisitsoeng ho lona letona leo la likhokahanyo le kopang hore letona le fane ka mabitso a mokonteraka le lipehelo tsa tsebetso ea hae, ’me lona letona le hlophe hore la Labone la beke eona ena moifo oa bohanyetsi le Moafrika o kopane le mokonteraka ’moho le moifo oa lekala ho totobaletsa bohle hore na ke hobaneng ha ho ntlafatsoa li-ea-le-moea ho khaoloa sena sa Molimo feela.

O itse kopo eo, o e etsa a ipapisitse le iitemana tsa tumellano ea ’muso le bohanyetsi ea khoeling e fetileng a ba a thathiselletsa ka hore o tla be a kopane le Justice Dikgang Moseneke ka Labobeli lena, ’me o tla mo tšetlehela mathata ao ba thulanngoang le oona ke ’muso ka ho hana ho ikobela lipehelo tsa tumellano eo ea khoeling e shoeleng.

Hona lenaneong leo, o ile a bua ka liqoso tse peli tse qholotsang Memorandum of Understading moo e leng e mong oa baqosuoa feela motlatsi oa tonakholo ee ba saenetsneng tumellano le eena a sa qoselletsoa.

Ka mokhoa o joalo, o itse, ba ntse ba ipapisitse le tumellano ea khoeling e fetileng, ba kopile letona la tšireletso hore le ba hlophisetse ketelo ea bona le ba likereke le bophatlalatsi ba litaba, ba ke ba e-eo hloela batsoaruoa ka chankaneng e kholo, ba akhang e mong Capt Fonane ee ba bolelloang hore o phela a holehiloe, nyene le bosiu. Ho se qoso ho se nyeoe khahlanong le eena, selemo mphhhhhh. RK.

Mokhothu lashes at government of Lesotho

Lesotho—Mathibeli Mokhothu, MP leader of the official opposition has written to Justice Dikgang Moseneke on governments dragging of feet regarding the implementation of Article Four of a memorandum of understanding of October 16 instant, between a coalition of government parties and a coalition of opposition parties in parliament.

Mr Mokhothu says the government’s shattering silence on the e-instatement of Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara is worrying.

Another bone of contention, says the opposition leader, is that ‘over the past few days we attempted to press government to gazette the National Dialogue Planning committee (NDPC) as we indeed feel that apart from it being part of the resolution of the National Leaders forum and the recently concluded agreement between ourselves and government, it is the right thing to accord the committee credibility through a government gazette.’

He says, instead, ‘government opted to bring forth a hurried bill in the National Assembly without consultation and agreement with other stake-holders. Secondly, the bill violated the principles agreed on the framework document and the MoU. Because we are anxious to legitimize the NPDC, we tried to negotiate a few amendments on the bill and let it pass. Even when we sought to block the bill, the ruling used their numerical strength to push it through parliament.’

It has therefore been his submission that ‘parliament must be stopped from violating negotiated agreements because the negotiations will be meaningless and will lose their integrity. This principle must be defended at all costs.’

Mr Mokhothu in a two paged letter copied to both The Sadc Executive Secretary in Gaberone, botwana and to the Sadc Oversight Chairman in Lesotho, added that ‘some government ministers and the Attorney General have instigated members of the public to challenge the MoU in court and we have learned that papers have been filed in court but as a party to the agreement we have not yet been served.’

He has pled, through that letter to Justice Moseneke, saying this matter has been brought to the attention of the Deputy chairman of the Oversight Committee, Ambassador Pepani relating to a series of public statements made over several radio stations by some government ministers, Attorney General as well as the Director of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences on the credibility of the Agreement signed on October 16 instant.’

Such public statements, says he are intended to discredit both Process, your good selves and your team and the whole Sadc efforts at this critical stage in the Reforms Process. RK.

 

 

Lesotho—Official leader of Lesotho opposition demands access to maximum prison inmate, one army officer , Capt Fonane who is detained by the Lesotho Defence Force. The man is said to kept in chains, day and night in a solitary prison cell since his arrest and detention last year.

Mr Mathibeli Mokhothu, in a letter to Minister of Defence, proposes that the visitation be on Tuesday, instant, at 10:00. In his entourage, will be the Christian Council of Lesotho and Lesotho Council of Ngos.

Opposition leader says their request to visit the inmate is pursuant Article11 of Memorandum of Understanding between government parties and coalition of opposition parties. RK.

 

 

Coalition of Lesotho Opposition Parties urge government on the closure of MOAFRIKA FM

Lesotho—Leader of Lesotho’s official opposition have written to Minister of Communications demanding technical information, regarding the now two months of MOAFRIKA FM RADIO on the pretext of the ministry’s expansion project of the country’s private radio stations.

Mr Mathibeli Mokhothu, MP, in a letter dated November 2, 2018 says, ‘pursuant to article 17 of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Government and opposition parties they are proposing that the disruption of MOAFRIKA FM for alleged expansion project be subjected to technical verification exercise by experts.’

He has suggested therefore ‘that a group of experts be allowed to meet with the service provider in charge of the expansion project to find out why MOAFRIKA FM is the only affected radio by the project.’

The letter copied to Sadc Oversight Committee proposes Thursday of this week, to be set aside for the exercise in which the opposition shall participate. The letter has at the time of writing and publishing of this blog not yet responded to. RK.

 

 

 

 

 

LECSA is in the process of starting a university

Lesotho—Mr Ratokelo Nkoka says Lesotho Evangelical church in Southern Africa (LECSA) is in the last process of registering a university, to be situated at their historical location, Morija, some 45km south of the capital Maseru.

Staunch member of the church, serving in its high offices from his youthful days to now when in his retirement age, Nkoka, a teacher by profession says the theological college of the church will become one of the main faculties, together with their school of nursing and youth centre that will amongst many provide ICT studies.

Some of the courses that may be offered at the University of Morija are music and history of southern Africa. Morija Museum and Archives, is the only facility of its nature in Lesotho, housing documents dating back to 1833, the date first missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society set their feet in Lesotho and introduced Christianity and European civilisation on the invitation of King Moshoeshoe I.

This, Nkoka shared on a phone-in talk show, Pusong ea Sechaba ka Sechaba, a prime show that was discussing visitation of a French touring musical team, The Denim Gospel Singers. The group comprises some descendants of missionaries that lived and worked in Lesotho prior to independence. RK.