T WAS such a sad sight to watch the Democratic Congress (DC) leadership at a press conference last Wednesday. There they sat on the front table deflated by defeat.
‘Me Lepono, the dancing queen of the DC, tried to dance the misery away but the energy just wasn’t there.
Soon she just slumped into her chair and starred into the ceiling.
There she remained glued, catching her breath, until the press conference was over.
She was probably thinking of the good days that were just about to end.
When she looked at her five colleagues at the high table, she saw nothing but backbenchers.
She must have said: “Damn, these backbenchers are not worth dancing for”.
The supporters who had crowded the press conference as if they are journalists tried to raise the morale with praise songs for Pakalitha Mosisili but you could see the message from the electorate had sank.
Not even the gyration of the singers could sex-up the mood.
If you had listened carefully you would have heard that the sound from the foot stamping was louder than their singing.
The reason: they were venting their anger on the floor.
Someone should have told them that the State Library is a fong-kong building that cannot withstand such thundering blows to its floors.
hen their deputy leader Monyane Moleleki started explaining what most of the people at the press conference already knew.
In the end it was not clear why the press conference had been called in the first place.
He could have just said: “Ladies and gentlemen we have 48 seats so a government can’t happen. We have no friends in parliament. We are finished as a government. Thank you for coming”.
But the cunning Moleleki had saved the best for the last.
The press conference was about to end when Moleleki dropped a mischievous hint that, with hindsight, Scrutator thinks was actually the purpose of that press conference in the first place.
He said the DC could form a minority government.
There are two possible reasons why Scrutator thinks Moleleki mentioned a minority government and DC in one sentence.
Its either he was dead serious about doing something so daring or just using the propaganda skills he learnt in the then Soviet Union to divert attention and test the waters.
If it was for propaganda purposes then it worked wonders because soon after the press conference analysts, activists and pseudo-analysts went into overdrive.
Some dejected DC supporters actually became hopeful.
But it is the pseudo-analysts who were really sold by the propaganda.
They scrambled for the constitution and perused the law books.
Yes a minority government is constitutional but it still requires the numbers, was the answer they got.
Unable to find anything illegal about the idea of a minority government to feed their garrulousness, they turned their attention to the idea of a coalition government instead.
he pseudo-political analysts are now saying we cannot have a coalition government because it will be weak.
Well, that’s the worst drivel Scrutatorship has heard since her armpits started growing some hairs.
We have been ruled by an absolute monarchy, a colonial government, a dictator and a military junta.
We have had a pseudo-democracy and an illegal coalition government.
Nyoe, nyoe, nyoe, they say, we can’t have a coalition government because it is fragile.
The last time Scrutator checked the last government we had was an unelected one.
Who, in this country, voted for the Democratic Congress (DC) on February 28?
One day it was a faction within a ruling party and the next day it was a ruling party.
If we can tolerate an unelected government then why not a government of three political parties that form majority in parliament?
crutator will tell you who is really scared of a coalition government. It’s not Pakalitha Mosisili because he probably wants to go.
In fact Scrutator is reliably informed that he has started moving his things from the State House bit by bit.
Those close to him tell Scrutator that the man from Tseolike urgently wants to rest.
Mosisili knows that a minority government under these circumstances will be dangerous and that even if he pulls it off the next five years will be a living hell for him.
He knows that if he goes ahead with a minority government he will not be his own man.
He will have to cut deals even to get the budget approved in parliament.
And if he pisses off even one MP in parliament he will be booted out of government before he can even say “yours truly”.
The people who are afraid of the coalition government are terrible elements in the DC.
Yes, I said it!
And I will say it again before the cock crows thrice.
Yes, the DC is full of dubious characters with long fingers.
They are afraid that the coalition government will come before they have pulled their long and calloused fingers out of the cookie jar.
It’s not that they want power to serve the people, no.
They just want to continue stuffing their fat pockets with more ill-gotten goodies.
These are the people, the hawks, who want to use Mosisili just to cross River Jordan.
Mosisili is their ticket to Canaan.
The problem is that Mosisili is the Moses who won’t be crossing with them.
The DC’s Joshua, Mahaletere, is a political nobody without Mosisili.
He lacks the intellectual gravitas and some say his credibility tank is near “E”.
So the DC will not be crossing River Jordan.
Its journey ends here and now.
e don’t need a minority government because we have been ruled by two such governments over the past 15 years.
There is no doubt that the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LDC) and DC administrations, which were led by Mosisili, were minority governments.
Oops, I meant to say they were governments of the minority.
Why, you may ask.
Simple: those governments hated the majority with a passion and adored the minority with zeal.
The evidence of this is there for all to see.
Under the LCD and the DC 60 percent of Basotho remained in abject poverty.
The parties neglected agriculture, a sector that sustains the majority in this country.
They set the minimum wage which is earned by the majority at scandalously low levels.
The majority had no jobs and passports.
Only the minority had access to electricity and clean water.
It is the majority that spent hours trying to cross the border into South Africa during the LCD and DC administrations.
Diamonds were only benefiting a minority while the majority wallowed in poverty.
The majority of civil servants were earning peanuts. Tenders were being handed to a minority.
Remember who sold Mercedes Benz cars for a measly M4 000 to the minority.
The minority were getting scholarships to study abroad.
Under those governments the corrupt people, who are the minority, walked with a spring in their steps while the police stood arms akimbo.
My point: we are done with this minority crap and we must move on.
Only a desperate or scared politician will talk about a minority government under the current circumstances.
Yes, it might be constitutional but in the current situation it remains a desperate agenda of a desperate minority.
The election result has clearly shown that Basotho want a coalition.
They want a mixture of parties in their government.
If they wanted the DC to be in power alone the people would have given it the 61 seats it requires to form a government.
The same applies to the All Basotho Convention (ABC), the LCD and the Basotho National Party (BNP).
astly, Scrutator would like to allay fears that she is jealous of Tom Thabane’s sudden rise.
Some irate people actually called the newspaper to make that allegation. Mmmmm!
Now listen carefully.
There is nothing special or challenging about running a government in a country like ours.
What’s there to run anyway?
Anyone can run this country, all they need is commonsense.
It’s nothing special.
Why should Scrutator be jealous of a 70-something man running a country with 1.8 million people, 1 million goats and 2 million cattle?
Give me a break.
If you think his government will change your fortunes then you can believe that you are not your mother’s child.
Don’t raise those hopes too high because you won’t stomach the disappointment.