In several posts in lesothoanalysis and other media, I have attempted, maybe unsuccessfully, indicated that Lesotho has been undergoing a serious political and security crisis. This has reflected itself in several high-level murders of people in the military, the police and civilians. Some of these heinous crimes have been listed in the Phumaphi Report and suspects have been listed who need to have their day in court and hopefully a long stay in prison. None of those murderers have been arrested and none will be unless the perpetrators are arrested by an outside force. This crisis has also manifested itself in the flight of all opposition political leaders whose parties are represented in parliament. It is a strange situation where leading a political party which has support condemns you to exile.
SADC which had commissioned the Phumaphi Commission has made several decisions, including that of relieving Kamoli of the Command of the LDF and the arrest of the rest of the criminal gang which has been shielded by Kamoli’s Command and the connivance of Prime Minister Mosisili’s government. None of those decisions have been implemented. Realistically they could not be implemented without outside supervision. We know that Kamoli refused to leave office when he was dismissed by former Prime Minister Thabane. Nobody could have expected that he would comply with the latest attempt directed by SADC to leave office or to arrest himself and those of his Command who have been fingered by the SADC Commission as involved in High Treason, murder and other serious crimes. They, like everybody who has committed crimes, need a superior force to ensure that they answer for themselves in independent courts. Lesotho of today is a hostage of those who fear to account for their crimes. They think that they will always have weapons of war to thwart whatever attempts made to make them account for their actions. This is why political thuggery will escalate in Lesotho.
Saturday morning (07/05/2016) at 2.00 a.m. CAT, when me and my family were asleep they came, fired two shots and when we scrambled for safety, they went on a rampage throwing stones into my bedroom windows. When their mission was complete, they left probably through the same route they had followed through the fence which they had cut to create an entry into the premises. They did not as much as talk or attempt to get into the house. They were either on an assassination or an intimidation mission. They did not succeed in either, as this post indicates.
For two and half hours me and my family were in hiding and aware that the puppets who were destroying my property would probably stay long enough for one of us to try to check what was happening outside, thus giving them an opportunity to kill and then be able to report to the puppeteer that the mission has been accomplished successfully. We were better advised to huddle in a safe place. It is only after light came that we felt confident to check the damage. In the past, it used to be said that a man’s house is his castle. It is no longer so in Lesotho. Your house is now a place where one has to fear that those who are committing crimes can find how to kill you or keep you hostage.
As to who has been involved in this crime, I have no interest. I don’t blame the puppets but the puppeteers. I have very little regard for cowards who either cover their faces when they commit crimes, or come at the dead of night to attempt to murder or intimidate people. The key issue is that the hired guns are like mercenaries, who fight other people’s battles for a piece of silver. They are a despicable lot!
What I stand for is a country where democracy reigns supreme; a country where there is accountability by all, particularly the government; a country where the rule of law is prevalent. We have to outgrow the old system of hero worship and blind obedience to those who are in power. Power without the necessary moral authority is bridle and those who rely on it are doomed because it does not last. But even when it lasts, history has shown that the long hand of justice catches up with them. In Chile as we speak the crimes which were committed by the military junta in the 1970s-1990s are being accounted for. In wheelchairs some have just been committed to prison where they belong.
The attempt to intimidate and silence me is a futile exercise. Most of those hired guns were not born when we resisted previous regimes including the military junta in its many phases which took over power in in Lesotho in the eighties. Ours is a fight for justice. Guns and stones cannot stop the March of history. Even if I am the last one standing I will still resist. If all of us who want accountability fall, could the last one put off the lights!
May 10, 2016 at 8:50 am
“Guns and stones cannot stop the march of history”