F ever there was any doubt that Lesotho’s politicians are a greedy lot then the Proportional Representation lists parties submitted for the May 26 election provides irrefutable evidence.
After reading the lists on the Independent Electoral Commission’s slapdash website Scrutator could only shudder at the brazen gluttony of our politicians.
It is not the greed but its blatant extent that got Scrutator’s head spinning.
On top of the Democratic Congress list sits Pakalitha Mosisili who is also a first-past-the-post candidate for Tsoelike Constituency in Qacha.
You can’t miss it because the name Pa-ka-li-tha Mo-si-si-li has a way of sticking out like a sore thumb wherever it is.
If you scroll down to the All Basotho Convention’s list you will find Thomas Thabane’s name right at the top of the pile.
Vincent Malebo is also the PR candidate for the Marematlou Freedom Party.
It’s the same case with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy’s list which begins with the name Mothetjoa Metsing.
Hear, hear: In some parties the leader, his wife and relatives are all on the PR list.
To call this anything else but greed would be a scandal of a colossal proportion.
t is just that — unbridled greed. You see, all the political leaders on the PR lists are also constituency candidates.
In other words, they are actually contesting twice in one election.
By adding their names to the lists and also contesting in the constituencies they have gained an unjust advantage over other candidates who have chosen or have been forced by their lack of political muscle to be on either the PR list or to contest in the constituency.
But the party leaders’ actions are more callous than that.
There are many rank and file members of their parties who desperately wanted to be MPs but could not get a chance as constituency candidates because their leaders wanted those constituencies.
Those same people also failed to make it to the PR lists because the leaders also wanted to be on the list.
So there you have it: political party leaders want it both ways.
If they cannot make it to parliament through the straight ballot they will sneak in through the backdoor marked “PR”.
They want to use both the front and back doors simply because they are leaders.
Anyone who wants a double chance when others have no chance at all is greedy.
It will be understandable if this greed was triggered by genuine hunger but it’s not.
Most of the leaders were in the previous parliament but they want a second, third or even fourth bite of the cherry.
They want power and they want it all. By including their names on the PR lists the leaders have shown that they want to remain in parliament by hook or crook.
There is now a strong likelihood that the country’s next prime minister might be a person who failed to win a popular vote and came into parliament through the window.
ut beyond just showing them as a greedy lot their inclusion on the lists also exposes their timidity.
For Mosisili this lack of confidence is even more apparent and embarrassing.
He has led this country for the past 15 years and has been an MP for almost 20 years but he is still not sure if he will win in his constituency.
The cowardice of it all is galling.
Tsoelike is his home area: his roots, relatives and goats are there.
He is the son who made it to the top of the country’s government.
Yet he remains unsure if his people will vote for him.
By putting his name on the PR list Mosisili is unwittingly acknowledging that he knows that his folks in Tsoelike might just give him a boot on May 26.
Now here is the million maloti question: If Mosisili doesn’t fancy his chances in a place where even lizards know his surname by heart then why does he keep saying “yours truly will win the May 26 election?”
Has he become so desperate that he is prepared to fight political minors for a compensatory seat?
And why does such a prominent politician allow himself to sink to such murky depths?
Me thinks this is all about power and its ability to blind those that would have tasted it.
What I have just said about Mosisili applies to Thabane, Malebo, Metsing and every other political leader whose name is on that PR (Pathetic Rejects) list.
Any political leader whose name is on the Pathetic Rejects list is a coward.
Yeh, I said it! Cowards!
The stiff competition in this election has forced them to put their tails between their legs and resort to unfair means to remain in parliament.
Mosisili and his fellow political leaders are drinking the milk when others are still holding their papa.
Scrutator fears the same trend of politicians wanting it all will be imported into the next government.
If these politicians monopolise something as scarce as parliamentary seats then what happens when they are in the land of plenty called government?
We already know that given a chance some politicians can give government jobs to their entire villages.
Only the fear of a backlash from animal rights organisations is stopping them from giving government jobs to cats, goats and cows from their villages.
Scrutator knows so many government departments that are dominated by people from the same village.
n an entirely different note, Scrutator was told by an excited mate that Kenny Kunene was at a dingy bar in Maseru recently.
Because she didn’t know what the brouhaha was all about she asked her mate some questions. Who is Kunene?
Did he invent the condom, the phone, the internet, the transistor, electricity or the pill?
Is he the guy who gave us penicillin or performed the first heart transplant or the wizard who came up with E=mc2?
Does he employ thousands?
Did he fight apartheid?
Does he have a hit song?
Were the tab and the iphone his ideas? Did he write Animal farm or Great Expectations?
Was he the first guy on the moon?
Were Google and Facebook his ideas?
Was he King Moshoeshoe’s friend?
When my mate answered “NO” to all those questions I just said: “Holy crap, so what’s Kunene’s claim to fame? Idon’t know him from a snake.”