No intimidation here, assures King
MANZINI – His Majesty King Mswati III has said people will not be intimidated for their views at the People’s Parliament which began in earnest yesterday at Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
His Majesty was speaking at the Lozitha Palace when he received letters of credence from the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Shehan Ratna-vale.
The King said since people started speaking at the Cattle Byre, he has been listening attentively and was impressed with the submissions made.
He said Swazis were united in their effort to develop the country. "We promote the spirit of working together to ensure the country success in many developmental initiatives.
"We also promote the spirit of negotiations for any settlement. As such, today we have a People’s Parliament where everyone has been afforded a chance to shape the destiny of the country. These are the people who will determine whatever direction the country should take."
The King said the People’s Parliament was an ancient old tradition that the country had since revived as an effective tool to dialogue and was still relevant today. "All the people spoke freely without any intimidation," he said.
His Majesty set the ball rolling for the People’s Parliament on Monday at the Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
Among the topics to be deliberated are the general elections to be held next year, economic development and the various charters that need to be ratified by the country.
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