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How much to rent a mob these days?

Newsmaker 1

Metsing Lekhanya 

Compliments of the season, dear reader.

We hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as we did ours.

One person who could not have enjoyed his holiday though is honourable Metsing Lekhanya.

Exactly a week before Christmas, members of the Basutoland National Party (BNP) gave the old man the proverbial sack by means of a vote of no-confidence.

Lekhanya tried to resist but quickly realised that the odds were stacked up against him.

He then gracefully accepted the result of the vote.

For that action alone we hand him with the Newsmaker of the Week Award.

But his departure was not at all as smooth as it sounds.

Before bowing out, Lekhanya could not resist firing a broadside at his erstwhile deputy, Thesele ‘Maseribane, saying he was not fit to govern.

This left  us with the question: If that is the case, then why did Lekhanya let ‘Maseribane be his deputy for so long? Was he being like Robert Mugabe, who is said to always want a daft, unambitious individual as his deputy?

The old man also alleges that the vote was delivered by means of a rented mob. He says some of the people who voted at the conference were actually All Basotho Convention members.

If voters are so easy to hire, then we at Newsmakers & Noisemakers demand to know how much it is to rent such a mob. Our strategy come 2012 will be simple. We will take a mere shell of a party, such as the National Independent Party, and rent this mob to vote us into parliament.

And speaking of money, Lekhanya is now demanding mountains of it from the BNP. He claims he loaned the party millions when it was broke. Now that the BNP’s revenue-earning property is back in party hands, he says, certain vultures engineered his departure.

Could it be possible that he now plans to use some of that money to rent his own mob?  He could take his own rent-a-crowd to the next BNP conference and turn the tables on ‘Maseribane and others.

Only time will tell for sure. We live in interesting times.


Newsmaker 2

Libe Moremoholo

Hate him or love him, Libe Moremoholo was one of the politicians who mattered in 2010.

He lobbied against the Land Bill, albeit unsuccessfully, and aired his misgivings about the passport crisis which hit the country earlier in the year.

He was the epitome of an active, influential politician.

But as the year wound down, it seems the young man began to get bogged down by one trouble after the other.

This week’s Sunday Express carries the stories of how some shadowy mafia-types are apparently out to kidnap him.

Recently, was reported that he had been found guilty of misappropriating parliament funds to the tune of M300.

This was a very embarrassing incident, not only because of the miniscule sum involved, but because the MP happens to be in opposition.

The opposition should be the one calling out the corruption of the incumbent government and not the other way round.

Anyway, enough said. We all know that this is not the kind of corruption that is eating away at the country’s granary.

It is his second brush with parliamentary rules which must have left Moremoholo licking his wounds.

A week or two ago, the parliamentary portfolio committee on ethics and privileges found the vocal ABC youth leader guilty of revealing contents of a committee report before it was tabled before parliament.

He was banned from talking to the media. This must be very hard on him because he certainly loves the limelight. 

Journalists in turn love the young MP because they can approach him seeking comment on any issue. He adds to the vibrancy and diversity of political voices in the media.

He has also been banned from addressing parliament on any issue for a whole year. Again we think this is unfortunate and will take away from the vibrancy of debate in the august House.

Honestly speaking, we should like to see more MPs becoming vocal like Moremoholo.

Give us Moremoholo and his occasional mistakes any day rather than the perennial benchwarmers who fill  out the rest of the parliamentary seats.

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