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MPS THREATEN TO STRIKE OVER FOOD

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LOBAMBA – Members of Parliament have threatened to down tools until government distributes food to the poor and those gravely affected by the drought.


This was said by Nhlambeni MP Frans Dlamini yesterday, who said, as legislators, they no longer had any ideas on how to rescue the hungry people and wondered why government had stopped the food distributions. “What happened to the food aid and what should we do so that government sees it fit to conduct food distributions? I do not know if we should leave Parliament and only return once the food has been distributed,” submitted Dlamini.


This was during the debate of the Deputy Prime Minister’s (DPM) Office First Quarter Performance Report for the financial year 2015-2016 by the ministry’s portfolio committee, which is chaired by Sandleni MP James Simelane.


Dlamini wondered if the non-distribution of food was caused by the fact that there was still no chief executive officer or proper employees of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).


The MPs said the excuse that the DPM’s Office did not have trucks to ferry the food was unacceptable because they could engage many stakeholders who could assist with transport. MP Dlamini wanted to know if the chiefs had been informed of the transport challenges so that they could organise their own, while Mangcongco MP Patrick Pha Motsa wondered why the ministry could not engage them as legislators for transport. “Stop saying we are campaigning with these food donations because we got into Parliament through campaigning and we will exit in that manner yet people are starving because of politicking,” said Motsa.

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