Minister Ntuthuko walks out of Parly
LOBAMBA – Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini, yesterday said MPs should not approach him for any help as he angrily walked out of the House of Assembly.
This was after Members of Parliament (MPs) denied him a chance to table the Road Traffic (Driver’s Licences) Regulations, 2012. He was also expected to table the Civil Aviation Authority Regulatory fees and charges.
However, just when Dlamini was about to make his remarks, Ntontozi MP, Peter Ngwenya, drew the House’s attention in that the minister was still barred from conducting any business in the House until he carried out a directive by the legislators made a few months ago.
About three months ago, the minister was told by MPs that he had to fire the Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation Board, but he never did, stating that he had his reasons for not doing so.
He was, therefore, told to deliver a report on the reasons why he did not fire the Board.
After Ngwenya had reminded MPs about their earlier stance, Speaker of the House Prince Guduza said: "It’s true that the minister will not be allowed to work until he provides the report. This was the resolution of the House and, therefore, he cannot be seen to be backtracking on it."
This did not go down well with Dlamini, who pointed out that constitutionally, no minister could be prevented from performing his duties unless a vote of no confidence had been passed against him.
He said it was a pity that MPs did not want him to do his duties in the House, whereas they were the ones who always came to his office seeking his assistance.
"The report you are talking about will be presented soon. The delay was caused by the fact that the secretary preparing it is out of the country. If the House doesn’t allow me to talk in here, then my services outside the House should also be put on hold," said the minister.’
The Speaker told the House that the minister’s statement of not helping MPs was inappropriate. He added that the minister would still be available.
However, the minister said no MP should approach his office.
He walked out shortly thereafter.
Lutfo warns of anarchy by unions
LOBAMBA – Minister of Labour and Social Security, Lutfo Dlamini, said letting workers’ unions change the laws of the country through picketing was a recipe for anarchy.
The minister was speaking in the House of Assembly on the proposed strike by the Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers Union (STAWU). Motshane MP, Robert Magongo, had raised this matter out of concern for members of the public who used public transport.
The union had a list of grievances, one of which was having Value Added Tax scrapped.
"To let things happen in their way would be a recipe for anarchy because others would want certain laws of the land removed and, therefore, adopt the same approach, which is picketing and strikes," said Dlamini.
Minister defends KPMG
LOBAMBA – Patrick Mamba, Minister of Public Service, defended auditing firm KPMG saying it was the best.
Mamba in his submissions, was clearly against the assumption by most MPs that the firm seemed to be awarded all the big tenders.
They raised that there were many auditing firms in the country, but KPMG was always favoured by government.
However, Mamba said there was no other firm in the country that could do a thorough job like KPMG.
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