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SPEAKER MUST GO WITHIN SEVEN DAYS

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image Speaker Themba Msibi in the parliament in this undated file photo.

MBABANE – Speaker Themba Msibi has been advised to resign from his position or face a vote of no confidence on serious misconduct for allegations of bringing the name of His Majesty the King into disrepute.


However, the Speaker, in an interview last night, said he would never resign from his position, pointing out that it remained his prerogative to include the Parliament Select Committee’s report on his alleged misconduct on the Order Paper or not to.


Meanwhile, Members of Parliament (MPs) appearing before a parliament select committee investigating Speaker Msibi’s alleged misconduct said the presiding officers, at some point, advised them to oust Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini under the pretext that it was a directive from bakaNgwane (Their Majesties).
This is one of the many recommendations of the Parliament’s Select Committee.


Senator Chief Prince Fipha, the then Chairperson of the Joint House Committee (JHC), said this when he appeared before the Parliament’s Select Committee: “The job was in two fold as the Speaker and President related to us: ‘a word came from kaNgwane kutsi the Honourable Prime Minister ubasebentisa kabi (interferes with their work) ngetento letihlukubetako (through abusive or disturbing actions). So, the JHC must raise motions in both Houses to pass a vote of no confidence on the PM (Prime Minister).”
“Secondly, that the Clerk naye must go.”


The prince’s evidence was collaborated by among others, MP James Simelane, MP Mbongiseni Malinga and parliament administration staff.
Other allegations made again-st the Speaker include alleged abuse of office, immorality and nepotism.


From a cleaner to the controlling officer of parliament, they had something negative to say about Msibi, with one security officer alleging that he witnessed a ‘strange dance’ in one of the offices in Parliament. In this particular case, the names of the alleged office dancers would not be revealed until the report is adopted on Wednesday. 


This publication has the report in its possession. It is worth mentioning that Msibi did not appear before the committee.
Zombodze MP Titus Thwala, the Select Committee’s chairman, said the Spaeker gave lame excuses for not appearing before the committee to respond to the allegations levelled against him.
However, Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini appeared before the committee.

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