Ministers don't vote, but reach consensus'
MBABANE – The principle of voting is not exercised among Cabinet ministers if the need to take a decision arises.
Instead, Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, said they only reach a consensus, even if some are not content with the decision being made.
"We don’t vote in Cabinet. We do everything by consensus. This does not mean unity, but even if you have reservations, once there is consensus, we all have to speak the same language.
"We might have different thoughts, but once we go outside, we have to speak the same language. That is what even the Constitution encou-rages," said the PM.
He said even the cake that was bought by the ministers for his birthday was a result of a consensus they reached.
One African leader who was eventually ousted believed in consensus, as long as it was 'his' consensus. Nembhala, history is repeating itself, in not so funny ways. Consensus is not dictatorship and dictatorship is not consensus, unless you are a unique democracy like Swaziland of course.
May 16, 2012, 7:28 AM, Mandla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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