TV sends strong warning to cabinet
LUDZIDZINI – Acting Governor of Ludzidzini Timothy Velabo Mtetwa has warned the people that defied His Majesty the King’s order would face the law.
His Majesty the King issued an order for all teachers to return to work, but media reports this week were to the effect Cabinet had instructed officials from the Education Ministry to kick out teachers that were reinstated by the King’s order.
Speaking at a press conference at Ludzidzini on Wednesday night, attended by senior Princes, Mtetwa said no one could oppose the King’s Order.
He said the people that were defiant wo-uld face the law, but in the past they would have been devo-ured by timfingo.
have been described as a special type of ants with an insatiable appetite.
Mtetwa said they have noted that the King’s instruction seems not to have been well-received in some quarters and they would like to stress that everyone should follow the King’s Order to the letter. Mtetwa said Sibaya was the highest decision making body in the country and everyone should just do as the King ordered.
Speaking in a press conference that was held at the Lu-dzidzini Royal Residence on Wednesday night the acting governor said he does not want to believe that there can be a person or people that have the guts to defy the King’s order. Mtetwa said he was puzzled that Cabinet was objecting to the return of teachers to their workstations.
"We would like to set the record straight to all Swazis that Ingwenyama spoke in front of a full to capacity Cattle Byre. Swazis sought royal pardon on behalf of teachers and I would like to spell it out that the executive of SNAT came on their own to thank the King.
On their arrival here they were met by the Indlovukazi, which indicated that the King was holding no grudges against his people. They were well received by the Queen Mother and their organisation is known to the elders and we need to inform the public (umhlaba) that the King’s order has not changed.
They did not direct their appreciation to anyone but they had the audience with the Queen Mother and that showed that the King had forgiven his children.
Once the lion roars at the Cattle Byre all Swazis are expected to abide with that order. If I can be explicit the King forgave them and all teachers were expected to report to their schools without fail to teach Swazi children.
Anyone that will stand in the way of the King’s order, the law must take its course. When King Sobhuza 11 repealed the Independence Constitution, the King was at the Cattle Byre. That person should know that in the olden days such people that would oppose the King could be devoured by special ants known as timfingo.
If it happens that you do not know that kind of ant, then you will have to ask around on what is timfingo," said Mtetwa.
Mtetwa said the King is the mouth that tells no lie and it was very surprising that it looks like that there is resistance to the directive from the King. He said since time immemorial the King’s order that comes from Sibaya becomes law and that cannot be challenged anywhere.
He said Ludzidzini is the country’s supreme place where the country is governed and Sibaya must be respected by everyone in Swaziland. Mtetwa said the country does not need to be confused with the allegations doing rounds that Cabinet was objecting to the return of teachers to their workstations.
Were other media houses gagged?
BABANE - Minister of In formation Communica tion and Technology Winnie Magagula has come out to defend her ministry as the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS) did not air a recording from acting Ludzidzini Governor TV Mtetwa.
"I am currently out of the country and I am on my way to the country and I do not know how things have been going at the radio station. "Minister Rogers was acting for me maybe you can ask him if he was aware of that directive you are referring to. I was away for the whole week. I am in Johan-nesburg and I will be back in the country late Friday night and I will enquire from Minister Mamba who was holding the fort on my behalf," said Magagula.
Government Press Secretary said he was not aware of the directive that barred both stations from running the message.
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