Lesotho’s Vice-Chancellor urges CSOs against nursing corruption

Posted on

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.

Some of the Lesotho parliamentarians seen here planning to force the opening of parliament during the house prorogation.
Some of the Lesotho parliamentarians seen here planning to force the opening of parliament during the house prorogation.

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.

Advertisement!

Trout Fish braai

Likatola Horse Riding and Adventure

Ha Teko, Maseru

20th Saturday, 2014

At Likatola Horse Riding and Adventure we also serve very delicious ranchers meals that feature Lesotho trout fish. Come have a horse back ride this festive season. We also do fishing at Phuthiatsana river.
At Likatola Horse Riding and Adventure we also serve very delicious ranchers meals that feature Lesotho trout fish. Come have a horse back ride this festive season. We also do fishing at Phuthiatsana river.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s