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Tinkhundla must shape up or ship out

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You cannot decide for us without us, so goes the saying thus ushering the spirit of direct elections of epresentatives. In fact, this is strengthening the principles of dialogue and negotiation thus eliminating any chances of imposing ideas on other people without their input.

 Democracy must be people driven with the full understanding of the freedom of association, assembly, opinion/expression as the important ingredients of multipartism.

Suppose, multi party system is a bad political system, but it defeats logic that in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) all the countries except Swaziland have adopted it as the best political system.  Besides, these countries have bigger populations than Swaziland, probably have many skilled political science analysts and students and are doing better than Swaziland in many ways.

 The democracy we all envy clearly states that the political party with majority votes governs because it has the mandate from the electorate. 

If the Tinkhundla system claims to have the wishes and support of the Swazi nation, why is it afraid to compete and win the elections? This regime must form itself into a political party and stop the nonsense of hiding behind unsubstantiated facts.  In a multi party government, the minority enjoys the full right and protection.
These are the nationals with the dissenting views and under the Tinkhundla system who are labelled all sorts of names. There are Swazis out there who are wrongly schooled that a multi-party system is the source of violence, insecurity, chaos and all kinds of ills in society.

These actions are the manifestation of deep rooted hate created by oppression before the introduction of multi party system or caused by people who have been denied information about their lives and when democracy comes they want to revenge (or made to grow in cages instead of being nationals), thus cannot integrate with others.
The delay in introducing multi-party increases enmity which will be costly to the country. Then, to avoid all these items, people to run government must be elected and accountable to the electorate.  Is this the case in the Tinkhundla system?  Anyhow, why should the employed be subjected to retirement at a certain age?


Some Swazis are amazing, when one points at something, they, in turn look at his fingers like a useless dog. Or that person is seen as a prophet of doom. Government has on many occasions been warned about the dependence on the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) receipts and her reckless spending tendencies but never took hid to these, hence the current nightmare.

On the other hand, it looks like Swazis miss the interest of the Boers and the British that came in their numbers during the early days of Swazi nationhood in the 1800s.  In recent years we saw the interest from the Asian community which can now be found anywhere in the corners of Swaziland. Now the interest in Swaziland isttracting nationals from the

Arabic world in the Middle East. Why are these interested in Swaziland? History shows us that those who first came to Swaziland were interested in land ownership and for grazing their sheep, hence 30 per cent of Swaziland belongs to Swazi Nation Land and 70 per cent to Title Deed Land in the hands of private ownership. 
These foreigners are now penetrating and taking a slice from the 30 per cent in the name of development and help. Over 300 years later, are Swazis still blind not to read behind the pronouncements?

In addition, some influential Swazis in the peri-urban areas are cashing in by selling land which is not legally designated for such.  After the illegal sales and the fear of being exposed are now pushing for the urbanisation of these areas or simply forcing these areas to join the nearby urbanised areas in order to outsmart corruption. 
There is a move to force Kwaluseni to join Matsapha Town Board to avoid any link to those who sold the land. Why not first identify how these people got the land there?  If the location was not properly resettled, those found there will be relocated or compensated to settle somewhere else. 


It must be noted that most of the surrounding areas of Kwaluseni have been acquired through sales by people who did not originally belong there.  What can be said of Eteni, Logoba, Emathangeni, Endzevane, etc locations about their status? Some similar areas in other towns and municipalities are subjected to this without being informed of the Rating and Urban Government Acts. 

Finally, there is a saying that you can take a horse to the river but cannot make it drink the water.  Can this saying ever apply to government?  Any government is mandated to take people to the river, make sure that the water is clean, available and drinkable, that the people see the need to drink it and by so doing these people must have a good life and contribute to the economic development of the country.

If government sees and discovers problems in the process but fails to provide solutions that government must resign. In democratic nations, if something bad happens at a minister’s clock, that minister resigns and, or that ruling party quits and calls for early elections because it has failed to prevent the disaster or warn of it happening.
Under the Tinkhundla system, the blame is shifted to sub-organs, world economic meltdown, natural problems, etc. Failure of students in schools must be shouldered by government not teachers and students because government is mandated to run the education system not vice versa, hence it must have the mechanisms to control, supervise, manage, punish, provide, etc for the smooth running of the schools. 

 Government normally refers to the executive, the legislature and judiciary making these the three arms of government thus merging with central government headed by  cabinet. Therefore, any problem arising within the other organs, the central government must be blamed.

The issues of unemployment, poverty, companies closing, investors not coming our  way, corruption, high levels of crime, lack of whatever, etc the central government must be blamed because it has the constitutional power.
There is no need for the Tinkhundla system to join the chorus of complaining, it must do the job and if it fails then give way for multi party system where the electorate will have a wide choice for right people to form government.

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