Maseru – The newly appointed National University of Lesotho (NUL) Vice-Chancellor Professor Nqosa Mahao has called upon the civil society organizations (CSOs) to fight corruption head-on.
Speaking at the Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organisations’ 15th annual week, Professor Mahao said the civil society movements should come out clearly against corrupt practices of the country’s politicians.
Professor Mahao was speaking on a topic Lesotho 2015 general election: A cost that could have been avoided.
“You must come out clearly to tell your politicians that they are sowing the seeds of a culture of corruption that will be regretted. The civil society must pronounce itself and tell the politicians they are behaving like spoilt babies,” said Mahao.
His sentiments stemmed from the fact that Members of Parliament sought the government bail them out each on M500,000 interest free loan upon dissolution of parliament prematurely.
The legislature was dissolved on December 5 ahead of February 2015 brought forward general election from 2017.
About 40 per cent of the elected Members of Parliament will not come back and are therefore fearful will not be able to settle their debts . So, our political class want they be bailed out with the taxpayer’s money, Mahao observed.
The Constitutional lawyer explained: “Being an MP (Member of Parliament) is not a job. You don’t apply and get interviewed. By the way, the Constitution allows that parliament can be dissolved at any time. Politicians have no five-year contract and like ambassadors can be recalled anytime.”
Mahao continued: “Lessons drawn in the past months are that if you fight corruption you sign a death warrant because you will have forces teaming against you and bring you down.”
Mahao observed the coalition government inherited a ‘rigged civil service’ aligned to the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), noting the party demanded such a civil service remained undisturbed.
Mahao remarked that Lesotho’s politicians should play by the rules of law in which Constitutionalism becomes a norm.
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