SNAT's Muzi Mhlanga tipped for re-election
MPAKA – Chances are high that Muzi Mhlanga, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Secretary General, will be re-elected for a second term when the orga-nisation holds its elections in September.
Mhlanga, who assumed the position of Secretary General in 2008, has been nominated for the same position by all the organisation’s regional branches.
During Lubombo SNAT branches’ elections conference held at Mpaka on Friday, Mhlanga was nominated unopposed for the position of secretary general.
Lubombo Secretary, Sabatha Maseko explai- ned that all other regions, save for Lubombo, had already forwarded their nominations to the national executive.
He further explained that the delay had been caused by the postponement of the elections conference which should have been held at Mananga on May 27 to 29.
"We had to postpone the conference because branches had problems with the lists of the nominees. After we received a rectified and clear list of the nominees, we decided to hold the elections conference," he said.
Solomon Mabila, who is SNAT Deputy President, was also nominated for the same position. Like Mhlanga, Mabila was elected into this position in 2008.
Thabani Tfwala was nominated for the position of National Treasurer.
Siteki SNAT branch Secretary Musa Sifundza was nominated for the position of Sub-editor.
Japhter Matsenjwa was nominated for the position of Recording Secretary.
During a brief campaigning session, Sifundza asked teachers to vote for him into the position of sub-editor stating that his mission is to improve the dissemination of information in the organisation.
Despite being required by the organisation’s constitution to be present during nomination processes, Mhlanga and Mabila were not present on Friday.
Lubombo SNAT Chairperson Siphasha Dlamini told the teachers to proceed with the nominations since the two leaders were not present because they were at the High Court where government had taken the organisation over the issue of the ongoing ‘waya waya’ strike.
There were about 100 teachers who attended the conference which lasted for six hours.
Outside the arena, there were a lot of police officers.
Meanwhile, the position of SNAT President, which is currently being held by Sibongile Mazibuko, will not be contested during the September elections.
This is because Mazibuko is only halfway through her four year term.
She was only elected in 2010.
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