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 MBABANE – Just a few days before Parliament resumes business for the last session of the current term, a dark cloud has befallen Senate President Gelane Zwane.

She has lost her husband, Michael David Zwane.
Information gathered is that the cruel hands of death claimed the life of Zwane last Sunday.
Further details could not be ascertained as no official report has been released yet.

The latest developments could possibly mean that the Senate president, who is also the acting chief of KoNtjingila, will miss the official opening of the 5th Session of the 10th Parliament, which is set to take place on February 16, 2018.
 As customary, His Majesty the King officiates at the annual opening of Parliament, at which he delivers the Speech from the Throne, an address that paves way for the new business year.

According to Swazi custom, a person who is in mourning is not supposed to attend an event where Their Majesties are present.
This has been the case with legislators and members of the royal family as they have missed some royal events whenever they lost close family members.

Preparations for the Parliament opening, which are coordinated by the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB), of which Zwane is a member, have already begun and today rehearsals are expected to take place as per communication relayed to different media houses yesterday.

It has always been the norm that the Senate president delivers a speech which precedes that of His Majesty during the event. Senators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they heard about the passing away of the president’s husband but they had not been formally informed about it.

“I heard about it along the Parliament corridors but nothing official has been communicated to us. I guess it is because Parliament is currently closed,” said one of the senators.
 Speaker Themba Msibi said he was not aware of the passing away of Zwane and that he would not comment on hearsay.

Asked if the preparations for the Parliament Opening would proceed in the event that the news was true, Msibi insisted that he would not pre-empt anything but would only comment once an official and factual report was communicated.

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