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MBABANE – Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) has been accused of flouting employment policies in the hiring of the prime minister’s son Muziwandile Dlamini as the new General Manager Finance.

A number of employees within the organisation have questioned the criteria used to appoint Muziwandile, also known as Muzi, into the position of General Manager Finance as they feel certain internal employment policies were flouted in order to ensure that he eventually become the incumbent.
According to the employees who refused to be named as they fear victimisation within the organisation, the position was not even advertised externally  as per the standing policies to ensure that all possible qualifying candidates apply for the position as it has been the case before for the position of General Manager Finance (GMF) and the position of  Managing Director.

The concerns were brought to the attention of the Times SUNDAY after it was announced that Dlamini had been appointed as the new GMF.
It was revealed that the hiring processes as stipulated by the public enterprises (control and monitoring) Act, 1989 were deliberately ignored by SPTC management. 
The concerned employees allege that flouting of procedures by the organisation was a normal occurrence.

“This is not the first time they have completely ignored procedures and carried out their own wishes as management,” the source said.
The senior  source further alleged that even when the MD was hired, his position was not advertised but was simply confirmed into the position without starting by advertising his position externally though the print media.
The source went on to reveal that even now as workers, they have   no idea of what is taking place in terms of the PM’s son’s employment.
“Without seeing any advertisements in the mainstream media, we have noted that the highest positions which come with fat cheques are filled without following the standard procedures,” alleged the source.

The source further told the Times SUNDAY that the same procedure (advertising the post externally) had to be adhered to when recruiting a candidate to fill the GMF’s position just like that of the MD.
He said that as workers, each time they demanded to see the new policies the company is claiming to have utilised, they are never made available or said to be at draft stage.
“We can only watch but there is nothing we can do because the way things are done brings disgruntlement among ourselves,” the source said.
The source went on to say that the company was advertising the position of Financial Manager which was left vacant by Muzi.

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