The end is nigh for Sibusiso-led Cabinet?
LUDZIDZINI – If yesterday’s submissions at Sibaya are anything to go by, the end is nigh for the Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini-led Cabinet.
Besides Jan Sithole, there were also a number of people who called on His Majesty King Mswati III to get rid of the present Cabinet because it had failed him and the country.
"As per the norm, Sibaya is where people are appointed into power and it is also where they are relieved of their duties, hence we would like to plead with His Majesty to relieve the current Cabinet because they are delaying effective national development. Actually, if they had been effective, we would have moved closer to achieving First World status," said Mndobandoba Gamedze of Mshikashika under Nkilongo constituency.
Bindzile Mdluli of Timphisini submitted: "We thank the prime minister for duly serving government for three terms. He has done a lot of good work for the country and has been effective but he blundered by introducing Circular No.1, which has made him unpopular. So he must go."
Mdluli’s comments made chairman of proceedings TV Mtetwa to ask her not to mention anyone by name, which was what the King had requested and what rules of Sibaya dictated. Indeed, she apologised but insisted on the Cabinet team being sent home.
Vusi Dlamini of LaMgabhi said the Tinkhundla system of governance had been failed by those in leadership positions who needed to be removed.
Ndoda Mabuza from Ntondozi said the King had commissioned the People’s Parliament because he had observed that there were certain individuals who wanted to go home at the end of their office terms with pockets full of money courtesy of Finance Circular No.1 of 2010.
"These people need to go home and then we should bury this circular such that it is never seen again," Mabuza said.
SNAT’s Simangele Mmema booed
LUDZIDZINI – SNAT Executive member and Kholwane Primary School Principal, Simangele Mmema, who is one of the fired teachers, was booed during the People’s Parliament yesterday.
Mmema is Subeditor for the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) and was jeered after she suggested that the time had come for Swaziland to have multiparty democracy.
"Tinkhundla is full of rats that have taken away all our money. Tinkhundla is full of corrupt people who have to be disciplined but that doesn’t happen, instead, they are promoted for the bad they’ve done. I say Tinkhundla has failed. We need to have multiparties," Mmema said as people, especially women, began to heckle.
She further submitted: "The King will continue to be there in his position. We have seen this happening in England and we also see it happening in Lesotho." The audience shouted: "We don’t want parties here!"
As soon as the jeers became louder, Mmema abandoned the subject and addressed Finance Circular No.1 of 2010, which she said must be removed in totality, for which she was applauded. She was also applauded for saying all fired teachers should be reinstated and for also suggesting that Pay As You Earn should be reduced from 33 per cent to 25 per cent.
She again drew the ire of the people when, before concluding, she said "the 2013 elections should be under multi-parties". "Just sit down," people were heard shouting and she indeed returned to her seat.
- What befell Mmema is a true reflection that Sibaya does not provide a clean level ground for one to fully express him or herself. Our authorities should look into this issue and try to resolve it is if Sibaya is to succeed in future. Also the absence of the youth (18-35 yrs) which makes 75% of the Swazi populace is also an indicator that there is something wrong with the use of Sibaya as a people's parliament.
December 8, 2011, 9:01 am, D.M. Dludlu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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