The past two weeks’ discourse had been dominated by the impending propagation of parliament.
As it were, that made a turnaround, and ended up as just adjournment sine die: that is, without indicating when that adjournment is likely to end.
This is another procedural device to target only the House, while its committees may continue to sit.
The House may not even sit in its capacity as committee of the whole. This recess spilled over into the Senate; which always unfortunately has to oblige according to its big brother’s circumstances.
This adjournment coincided with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) April 29-30 workshop organised by the Southern African Development Community Organisation of Public Accounts Committees( SADCOPAC) and the Association of Public Accounts Committees (South Africa) (APAC).
The workshop was one of the many designed to oil the wheels of the PACs and their parliaments in Africa.
This particular one was facilitated by Timeline Leadership Co-creators.
Among the wise resolutions made at the workshop was the need to manage courage and fear in a hostile environment.
This was a facilitator’s response to PAC members’ comments as leaders who have to proactively deal with what is right and not who is right.
This wise saying is recited to be a challenge to Lesotho. It can be stretched beyond the confines of the PAC.
It is public knowledge that Basotho of the era of Morena Moshoeshoe were a courageous lot which enabled them to survive the odds stacked against them.
We owe the Lesotho we now have to them.
To me, courage and fear are extreme opposites. The Lesotho of our time still has courageous citizens.
There are also those who survive on fueling fear among the otherwise courageous in the pursuit of ideals they believe in. Lesotho has survived many hostile environments. We are now in the era of the eighth parliament. Anyone is at liberty to assess the kind of environment we are going through.
Could it be correct to surmise that there are those who still believe in the courage to sow and encourage fear among the otherwise courageous believers in principles they believe in?
How best can leaders of this nation proactively manage our courage and minimise or avoid all that which ends in fear?
Can there be a time when fear could be the best option for a self-respecting nation? NO !
Could it be the opposition which wields the weapon of fear by intimidating the House to the extent that the best option is for it to be on recess?
Could going into such unplanned recess be the best option to protect the House against threats?
The constitution provides for both the coalition government and the no-confidence motion (NCM) among many other tools of political trait.
It provides a venue for the various leaders of this nation to perfect their form of parliamentary democracy.
The current official opposition handed power to the coalition which formed a government and pledged to be His Majesty’s loyal opposition. The outlook of this move was to achieve peace for this nation.
Peace without fear.
It is no surprise, therefore, that the opposition had the courage to opt for a NCM with a genuine hope to get things right.
One wonders how appropriate it is for others to courageously opt to evade the constitutional challenge by resting the House and seeking courts of law’s intervention to discourage the National Assembly in the exercise of its duty to decide on NCM.
The excuse that this adjournment is designed to enable a study tour to New Zealand is a very weak one.
Study tours are not new to our parliament. If indeed it deserves adjournment of parliament, why is this not done just for the duration of that tour, when its dates have been fixed?
A lot can be read in this adjournment sine die, and the electorate will pass its verdict.
Our various leaders are urged to effectively manage their courage and fear in the national interest.
The author, Honourable Makhabane Maluke, is the Bobatsi Number 80 Constituency member of parliament (MP) and belongs to Lesotho’s main opposition party, the Democratic Congress (DC).