A number of people were injured while several others were arrested by police since the workers’ strikes erupted a few weeks ago both in Maseru and Maputsoe.
One male worker was run over by a hit and run lorry that lost control and plunged into a group of picketers in Ha Thetsane.
The man who suffered serious injuries on the groin area will probably never be able to work for his family again.
Perhaps with the government’s participation in the melee, things will now change for the better.
The government has promised that if the workers stop the interminable mass actions and return to work, the sought after gazette will definitely be in place on or before next week Monday.
But come to think of it, the gazette is long over-due.
The vital document ought to have been published a long time ago to help turn around the lives of the factory workers.
Instead, the government decided to take its time to see the light and ensure that the plight of the workers comes to an end.
But all it took was a simple meeting where a subcommittee of Cabinet ministers deliberated on long-term solutions to the concerns of the poor workers.
The question is why, what took so long for the powers that be to see the need to see the workers out of their miseries?
The fact that the textile and apparel industry has grown to become the largest private sector employer, providing over 40 000 jobs and benefiting around 13 percent of the country’s population should count for something.
The billions of maloti that the textile industry amasses through the production and exportation of products contribute substantially to the growth of Lesotho’s economy.