Africa-Press – Lesotho. 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.