it by bit, we are beginning to see the euphoria that came with the inauguration of the threesome government being replaced by frustration and dejection.
The shindigs have stopped and the eulogies have been muffled.
Praise singers are saving their voices for more useful projects. Bootlickers have decided to conserve their tongues, perhaps for the boots of other masters.
The garrulous self-appointed defenders have become fewer. Civil servants who were jostling to please the new masters have gone back to their old indolent ways.
All Basotho Convention people who were “untouchables” soon after Tommy finally made it to the State House have since come down to earth.
Lesotho Congress for Democracy supporters, who went into a frenzy when their party came back to power, are no longer vociferous. Even the empty chatterboxes in the Basotho National Party, the icing and not the cake in the coalition, have been muted.
here are two possible explanations for this change of attitude.
First, they are beginning to realise that governing a country is tougher than running a political party.
A government is not a spaza shop, a chesa nama or a carwash.
The supporters of the coalition parties now know what caused Mosisili to bungle until he didn’t seem to care.
Perhaps after being overwhelmed by the enormous task at hand, their leaders too have become more level-headed.
Gone are the threats they were brandishing soon after coming to power.
The hard-line stance they initially adopted has morphed into a moderate and pragmatic approach.
That is good for them, their supporters and the country.
he second explanation has something to do with the realisation that nothing much has and is ever going to change under this polygamous government.
Granted, there will be some changes in the next five years. But there will not be revolutionary changes that many coalition supporters are anticipating.
Call me a defeatist, unpatriotic or any other ugly name (I like those) but after the next five years these words will remain true.
This not-so-rosy future is not due to the government’s lack of trying.
The problem is not the government’s failure to deliver on its promises but rather what we, the people, expect the government to do for us.
We expect the government to be the conduit through which our dreams and aspirations will come to fruition.
Nothing can be more delusional.
True, some people will sneak into the few jobs available and others will receive some food packets.
But that is all we can expect in the next five years. The rest of the work required to free Basotho from the clutches of poverty remains the responsibility of Basotho and rightly so.
hat is fuelling this dejection is the warped idea by Basotho that the government must solve most of their problems.
People feel they have rights to government handouts and other forms of entitlements. In a subtle way, governments encourage such an attitude because it ensures that people are beholden to it.
A grateful electorate is pliable and more likely to re-elect the benefactor.
The previous government successfully rode that entitlement horse for 14 years before its spectacular fall in May.
Now this threesome government seems bent on perpetuating the same modus operandi. It is making grand promises of big things it neither has the means nor the capacity to provide.
We are told poverty will end, jobs will be awash and there will be opportunities for all.
Nothing can be further from the truth and the government knows that.
Yet in the meantime the public waits, with mouths ajar hoping to be fed.
The poor are indeed rich in patience and the desperate have eyes that see flickers of hope where there is none.
But as the days go by and the promises remain unfulfilled, the poor content themselves with moaning and whinging.
f you believe this government or the one that will come after it will pull you out of poverty then you are “Waiting for Godot”.
You will remain as bitter as you were under the previous government.
Jobs will remain scarce.
Opportunities will still be elusive.
You will keep hoping that one day your turn will come. The sad reality is that the government is loath to tell these desperate folks that your “turn” will never come unless you work for it.
Relief never came under the old government and there is no sign that it is on its way under the polygamous government.
The sense of entitlement that has gripped this country since independence will not get us anywhere.
n an entirely different note, Scrutator welcomes a new rag on the market.
The Mountain Star newspaper was launched amid pomp and fanfare last week.
Scrutator hopes the star will not dim soon.
Judging by the number of “dead rags” that fill newspaper cemeteries in Maseru it is clear that producing newspapers is not like running a car wash business.
A few words of advice to the ambitious founders of the new kid on the bloc will not hurt.
Now, listen carefully.
Going on all fours, begging for advertising from government, is just not cool.
When you give your readers a quality product that has higher sales, then advertising revenue will come on its own.
Use the language that you understand.
If you write in a language that resembles the English language, Sothonglish as it is called, with bad syntax, poor punctuation and badly laid text, your star will stop shining sooner than you can say “hello” to the market.
If you keep your head down, bootlick with moderation and give readers what they want your project might see more moons.
Good luck sister.
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b) There were important files he wanted to retrieve.
c) He urgently wanted to play solitaire.
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