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MBABANE – Finance Circular No.2 of 2013 has come back to haunt government.

This is so because government has been taken to court by erstwhile Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Gideon Dlamini, after it declined to sell him the BMW X5 he was using while he was still a minister.

According to Finance Circular No.2 of 2013, at the end of the term, ministers would be allowed to purchase their official motor vehicles at their depreciated value.

Through his attorney, Macilongo Ndlovu, the former minister has since instituted legal proceedings against the Minister of Finance, Martin Dlamini and government.

Dlamini, who is also Mkhiweni Inkhundla Member of Parliament (MP), is inter alia seeking an order reviewing and setting aside the decision by the minister of finance and government of declining to sell to him the motor vehicle registered LSD 367 BH in terms of the Finance Circular No.2 of 2013.

He is also praying for an order declaring the provisions of Article 4.5.3 of the Finance Circular No.2 of 2013 as being applicable to the expression of interest for the purchase of the motor vehicle.

Giving a background of the matter, Dlamini stated that on or about the year 2013, when the 5th Parliament resumed for operations, he was appointed into Cabinet as a minister of the Crown serving under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade.
He highlighted that he was eventually recalled on or about October 2016.

“During my tenure as a minister of the Crown, I was a minister to whom the terms and provisions of Finance Circular No.2 applied,” submitted Dlamini.

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