Basotho should tell Lesotho story: Prof Kapa

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Basotho should tell Lesotho story: Prof Kapa
Basotho should tell Lesotho story: Prof Kapa

Africa-Press – Lesotho. The National University of Lesotho (NUL) political science scholar, Prof Motlamelle Kapa said it is high time that the story of Lesotho is told by the nationals.

This he said at the launch of the book, Coalition Politics in Lesotho, on Wednesday last week. The production of the book is sponsored by the local think tank and the

non-governmental organization (NGO) that fights for human rights, the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC). It is co-edited by Prof Kapa and the constitutional law scholar Prof Hoolo ‘Nyane of

the University of Limpopo in South Africa. He said the writing idea was borne of a dream between Lesotho’s three renowned academics, Prof Kapa, Prof ‘Nyane and Dr Khabele Matlosa with the aim to “do something”

for Lesotho when it was celebrating 40 years of independence. This voluminous book explores and interrogates the coalition governments and their implications

in governance. Prof ‘Nyane said the book has been authored by 17 authors from locally and abroad. The authors range from academics to civil society actors, and a leader of a

political party, Hon. Selibe Mochoboroane. He said most of the authors are from NUL and amongst them is NUL Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Kananelo Mosito. And there is also a posthumous chapter authored by Dr Monyake

Moletsane, now deceased. For his part TRC Director Tsikoane Peshoane said the Centre sources eminent scholars to undertake research on the policy deficiencies and report those findings as well as the

recommendations. He said since the inception of coalition governments the country has witnessed the political, economic and security problems. TRC Director

said there is a need to establish the underlying factors that perpetuate the anomalies that have bedeviled the country. He said despite of the contributions made on how to handle the reforms, there are

questions that linger on whether the country is going to the elections with new or old legal framework post the end of term for the National Reforms Authority

(NRA). Prof Kapa said the book is an invaluable resource to both students and academics in

Lesotho and abroad. “I am very happy [that] we were able to conceptualize this idea and see it through,” he said. He highlighted that the book will also inform the policymaking adding that it

could also help in the reforms. One of the authors who authored a chapter titled ‘Party coalitions and the changing nature of Lesotho security crisis’ Dr Tlohang Letsie said coalitions did not start in

2012 but were only manifest and became a common phenomenon from that era onwards. He also took

a swipe at some of the interventions made when Lesotho face political and security problems. “We have interventions that render our sovereignty to be questionable,” he argued.

This chapter among others interrogates the appointment of the heads of security institutions, and the relationship between the army and the governing party, of

the author, has said. He further told the attendants that the essay talks about the 1998 political riots that saw Maseru and some towns burnt down to ashes.

Although he argues that the security sector is “highly compromised”, Dr Letsie also notes that the influence of politics within the army is “subsiding” under the command

of Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela. Dr Itumeleng ‘Mamokhali Shale who co-authored a chapter with Advocate ‘Mareleboha Makau on ‘Coalition governments and their impact on the independence of the Judiciary’

said before the advent of coalition governments the Judiciary had problems but coalitions exploited the loopholes. The authors interrogate what Dr Shale argued that the Judiciary had “invited” the executive

to intervene when it had problems adding that, that was when the latter saw that it was that the former was “penetrable”. This chapter, the co-author said further examines the recruitment of the heads of the

Judiciary, the Chief Justice, and the President of the Court of Appeal and goes to further relate the independence of the Judiciary to the executive. Also, this

chapter talks about the circumstances surrounding the former Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara cum politician, a departure from the Judiciary. She said the

chapter further examines the enforcement of the coalition agreement also noting that some of those agreements are not sanctioned by the law. These authors

argue that the relationship between the Judiciary and the executive had always been a “peaceful” one before the advent of coalitions. Prof ‘Nyane said there is also a project that will focus on the upcoming general elections slated in October.

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