CRUTATOR is inviting all Basotho in the trucking business to bid for a lucrative tender.
Someone somewhere in Maseru West is about to move from his house of 14 years.
Bidders must prove that they have the capacity to provide a lorry with two very long trailers and enough money for fuel to Qacha’s Nek.
They must also note that the customer might require an extra truck for his goats, horses and camels.
A small bus is also required for the customer’s shepherds.
The customer and his wife are not covered by this tender: they have to find their way back home.
They will go back the way they came: perhaps in a chicken bus.
So there you have it enterprising Basotho, a business opportunity more profitable than chesa namas and car washes has come.
nless something dramatic, scandalous, silly or illegal happens in the next few days Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili will drop the “Prime Minister” title from his name to become just another villager like many of us.
Scrutator says this with caution because she is very much aware that nothing in this country is as cheap as a politician.
Some of these unprincipled politicians might be induced, persuaded or coerced.
Still that prospect should not stop innovative people from bidding for the tender to carry Mosisili’s things to Qacha’s Nek.
Scrutator looks forward to the day when Mosisili will know how it feels to push a half-empty shopping trolley in a shop and salivate at the good things that you so badly need but cannot afford.
He should know how it feels to have a long shopping list and a thin wallet.
f Mosisili does indeed leave office he will have no one but himself to blame. He would have been hoist by his own petard.
He set a bomb that detonated in his hands before he could launch it.
The truth is that he wouldn’t be in this fix that has forced him to go down on bended knees to beg political nonentities for seats if he had not formed the DC in the first place.
How the mighty have fallen with a thud? Boom!
His bloated ego has burst.
What remains is a humbled man who is about to experience how it feels to negotiate from a position of weakness.
The small people in the political arena have suddenly become the kingmakers to whom the mighty Mosisili has to bow if he wants a five-year extension to his stay at the State House.
It is as clear as Mahaletere’s beard that the LCD, the party Mosisili deserted in February, could now help seal his fate.
You don’t need Dr Pontšo’s spectacles to see that the DC has boxed itself into a corner.
The DC will have to dance better than ‘M’e Lepono to get out of this quandary.
ecause Mosisili burnt bridges after crossing them he cannot go back to negotiate with the LCD.
He has to resort to desperate measures of offering candies to unprincipled and desperate MPs.
If Shakespeare was alive today he would have said “the pomposity of Mosisili paradoxically doomed him”.
Even if he manages to persuade the smaller parties to fuel his car back to the State House the next five years will be terrible for his government.
The smaller parties should demand hefty prices for their seats.
They can start by demanding the ministries of home affairs, finance and defence.
That tender ministry of public works won’t be bad either.
ut even after saying all this Scrutator would like to put it on record that she is not thrilled by the prospect of a new government.
We are told that the All Basotho Convention (ABC) has a coalition deal with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Basotho National Party (BNP). Phew!
It’s a mishmash of the old, the garrulous, the excitable and the misdirected.
The result is a toxic mix potent enough to make a government machinery cease.
Our prime minister might be a 70-something man who will soon need a walking stick.
Don’t get me wrong, the man still has some energy in him.
The question is whether he still has the energy to carry himself as well as run a country with such huge problems.
But his age is the least of Scrutator’s worries.
His propensity to surround himself with empty-heads is what scares me the most.
Then you have the LCD, a party with a shocking tendency to forget its voters as soon as it gets into power.
It only reengineers and reinvents itself when it has been booted out of government.
The last time it was in power unemployment reached 45 percent and poverty set up base in this country.
This is the same party that forgot that Basotho need passports to cross a border and when things came to a head its deputy leader said he was naive.
Scrutator still has not figured out what the BNP will bring to the new government apart from dreams of a past that we have been trying to forget in a rush.
Which profession is likely to benefit the most from this election?
If you don’t know the answer then you better ask the following teachers: Lesao Lehohla, Ralechate ‘Mokose and Mamphono Khaketla.
And who said “yours truly will win a majority in this election?”
For an answer go around and look for a guy with a big “48” on his forehead.