Of turncoats and political prostitutes

Lesotho Times
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A prostitute is a man or woman who engages in a sexual activity for payment.

In other countries like Germany and The Netherlands prostitution is a taxable vocation.

Scrutator is not sure if it’s pensionable as yet.

In Lesotho we still frown upon this profession even though we all know that there are many of us who pay or make others pay for sexual services.

It’s a personal choice that Scrutator will not condemn lest she be lynched by those earning a living from it.

But no matter how hostile we might be to prostitution we seem to have found some room in our hearts to accept other forms of prostitution.

One of those is political prostitution.

A political prostitute is a man or woman who changes political allegiance for feeble reasons.




Nkhetše Monyalotsa, the soon-to-be former MP of Maputsoe, is no prostitute but he engaged in political prostitution when he dumped the All Basotho Convention (ABC) to join the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) in 2009.

The ABC MP for Lithabaneng constituency, Motumi Ralejoe, also politically prostituted with the LCD.

So did Thabang Nchai, the MP for Mabote.

But political prostitution, like real prostitution, is risky business and I am not talking about those bacteria that cause itchiness and other discomforts in nether regions.

In real prostitution there are times when a client refuses to pay, beat you up or simply hit the road to leave an unpaid bill.

Those that are into this business know its hazards and they take them in their stride.

In political prostitution the client might just use you for expediency and then dump you like some filth.

This is precisely what happened to Monyalotsa, Nchai and Ralejoe.

When the three men committed acts of political prostitution by crossing the floor from the ABC to the ruling party, LCD MPs welcomed them with ululations, whistles and ear-to-ear grins.

The LCD, being a party born out of an act of political prostitution in 1997, was obviously overjoyed to be a beneficiary of the MPs’ acts of political prostitution.

What the naïve trio did not realise is that the LCD members had long become wary of political prostitutes and the LCD leadership had no plans to convince them that the three were a different breed.

The LCD leadership, having tried and tested some turncoats with the electorate in the past with embarrassing results, knew that these three will also be a hard sell.





Monyalotsa did not read the mood in Maputsoe and he jumped into the primary election, eyes closed.

He came out of that poll a bitter loser but still refused to tuck his tail between his legs.

He now says he will contest as an independent candidate as if anybody, except him, cares.

But wherever he goes the people will see a bold tattoo of a chameleon on his forehead.

Ralejoe, jumped into the primary election with gusto, but the electorate shunned him like he had just confessed to peeing in the village well.

Wherever he goes the people will see the word “loser” written all over his face like graffiti.

Nchai was told to wait in a long PR seat list if he wanted to remain on parliament’s payroll.

Wherever he goes the people will see the word “sellout” written all over his face.





If there is anything we can learn from the misery of these three men it is that political chameleons have gone out of fashion.

The electorate is now tired of mafikizolos who will do anything to get political office.

Men and women that represent nothing should not be allowed to represent even the most gullible of souls.

What particularly irritates Scrutator is that these three turncoats probably don’t even know why they left the ABC in the first place.

Their reasons for jumping ship from one party of turncoats to another were pathetic to say the least.

They did not differ with the ABC in ideology or political ideals (that is if the ABC has any). When they were asked why they had left the party they mumbled some humdrum excuses. When pressed further they resorted to a discredited technique of pointing fingers at personalities.

If you ask them today what values attracted them to the LCD they will probably never tell you because values were not the motivation in the first place.

If you ask them what political values they represent and believe in they will never tell you because they have none.

That is the nature of all political turncoats. They are swayed by the small breezes. They will never fight for anything meaningful.

It is good that the three men are on the verge of entering the political wilderness where they will meet other failures of repute.




Scrutator wishes to extend her hearty congratulations to the ANC on its centenary.

Amandla! This is happening at a time when many other liberation movements have either collapsed or sunk into irrelevance.

We also have some liberation movements that have turned against their own people. They have morphed into monsters devouring their own children.

But amid this euphoric mood in Mangaung enters South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, shooting off tangent with the prevailing mood.

Scrutator is still in shock following the comments attributed to Motlanthe during the celebrations to mark the ANC’s birthday celebrations about “eating on behalf of the poor”.

The man with a “goaty” beard first proposed a toast to the masses to celebrate the ANC’s birthday.

He told the crowd that if they did not have champagne they could take photographs of their leaders drinking.

But Motlanthe was not done.

He told the crowd that if they did not have champagne they could raise their fist – ANC style!

“The leaders will now enjoy the champagne, and of course they do so on your behalf through their lips,” Montlanthe quipped.

It was a joke but one in bad taste.

It also precisely captures what the ANC has become since it came to power.

The leaders are eating on behalf of the poor.

Don’t you dare think the LCD has not learnt a thing from across the border!


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