Parents petition Parliament
MBABANE — Parents have petitioned the House of Assembly requesting the legislators to pass a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini-led Cabinet.
Parents have resolved to rope in legislators in their quest to see Cabinet removed for ‘failing to resolve the teachers’ indefinite strike action which enters day 14 today.
Two parents, at the behest of their colleagues, delivered the petition secretly last Friday following the meeting held on Wednesday at the Bosco Skills Centre. The meeting called for the resignation of cabinet, among other things.
President of the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA), Jan Sithole and Reverend Zwanini Tshabalala from the Constituent Assembly of Civil Society handed the petition to the Speaker in the House of Assembly Prince Guduza on July 6, 2012.
The petition was accepted by the office of Clerk to Parliament. Reverend Tshabalala said they delivered the petition secretly because of logistics failure.
"We had made an appointment to deliver the petition on Friday with other parents. But when the logistics failed to work our way we decided to deliver the petition with Jan," he said.
The Reverend said that the petition was delivered by two parents did not matter. "What matters is the message that we had gone to deliver," he said.
The Speaker in the House of Assembly confirmed that they received the petition from parents.
"We are currently consulting as a result. For now I’m attending a SADC meeting in Mozambique. When I come home we will continue to deal with the matter," the Prince said yesterday.
Government Press Secretary Percy Simelane said: "The Constitution of the country states clearly how, who, why and when a vote of no confidence could be passed."
Well Percy should spare us the rhetoric and get on with it. There is no point trying to act aConstitutional expert at a time when so many people including government, violate the same constitution with impunity. Without rule of law as seen, anarchy reigns supreme. The ball is on parliament's court, I remember some people were at some stage telling who cared to listen they had the capacity to move a vote of no confidence on even the PM anytime. I suppose the moment of truth has come for them now, let's see what they have got! Personally I have stopped listening to Percy for obvious reasons, as a nothing he says ever turns out the way he says it.
Jul 11, 2012, 10:56 AM, Burns Dlamini (Lobhoncela) (Burnspolitics@gmail.com)
Its true that the cabinet and its Prime Minister have to be removed.The only thing they are doing they are thinking for themselves not the others.They are forgoting kutsi lelive lisimiswe bothishela and nabo batsi bafundzile kungenxa yalabothishela.Instead of acting on this matter bakhuluma kudwala which is not good.
Jul 11, 2012, 10:56 AM, MBONGISENI (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The vote of confidence is long overdue the PM and his team have failed the country its worrying that such a person of high profile in term of his academic record can mess up the country just like that. For a person of his age the PM should be living an honest life and putting his house (life) in order, all the wealth he has accummulated is infact in vain. Utokushiya Dlamini masekufike sikhatsi sakhe sekuhamba aye kubo yise mkhulu.
Jul 11, 2012, 10:56 AM, Rempum (email@example.com)
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