No more Parly for me, says Ntuthuko
MBABANE – The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini says he now feels unwelcome in Parliament and has resolved to stop going to the august House.
In an interview yesterday, Dlamini said he is not happy with the treatment he is afforded whenever he goes there to do his work as minister.
He said most hostile to him is the House of Assembly which does not even afford him an opportunity to speak.
"I will no longer go to Parliament because I’m always discouraged to speak.
Interestingly though, Mem-bers of Parliament (MPs) still approach me for help for their constituencies in my capacity as minister," said Dlamini. He added that some MPs have actually told him in private that they supported him, but could not openly show it in Parliament in fear of other MPs who have taken a harsh stance against him.
The minister fell ‘out of favour’ with the House of Assembly last year when he failed to comply with the House’s resolution to fire the Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation (RSNAC) Board.
This was based on allegations of mismanagement of the parastatal’s funds.
About three months ago, a Parliament Select Committee was set up to probe why the minister had not done as instructed. During this time, the minister was banned from conducting any business in the House until he returned with answers for failing to fire the Board.
However, the MP Frans Dlamini-led committee in its report, exonerated him of contempt of Parliament and this meant he could resume business in the House.
Many MPs challenged the report and rejected it.
Meanwhile, in response to the minister’ decision not to attend Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the House, MP Esther Dlamini said, to the best of her knowledge, there are no MPs who are against Minister Dlamini. "The minister should express himself in Parliament if disgruntled about something. He should also challenge those whom he feels have an agenda against him and even move a motion if he likes," said MP Dlamini.
She added that as far as she could recall, the Speaker Prince Guduza said no one should take away the minister’s right to represent his constituency in Parliament, and not discuss issues as a Cabinet minister. Ntuthuko is an MP of LaMgabhi constituency.
The deputy speaker urged him to see the prince if he had problems.
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