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KWALUSENI – The desperation for winning the 2018 national elections has already taken its toll on an aspiring Manzini South member of parliament (MP).

This is so because on the second day of registration for the national elections, the aspiring candidate, whose name is known to this publication but would not be mentioned because he has not been charged, allegedly hired a Toyota Quantum to ferry people from Kwaluseni to register at his chiefdom; Ngwane Park.

On top of that, the aspiring candidate through his campaign manager (galajane), allegedly promised to give all those who would register at Ngwane Park E50 each.

It was alleged that before the registration was opened, the aspiring MP had been visiting the densely populated Mbhuleni area in Kwaluseni in the company of one of his bogalajane from the area.

It is the same galajane who was seen talking to people around 8am yesterday, telling them to wait for the kombi at Mbhuleni.
Some of the people who were approached by the galajane on behalf of the aspiring MP did not waste time but reported the matter to potential candidates in the area. However, there was little they could do because at that time, the kombi had taken the first group to register at Ngwane Park.

When they arrived at Ngwane Park, only one out of the 15 people managed to register as when the second person, an elderly woman tried to register, the police officer stationed at the registration centre cheerfully made some comments to the woman not knowing that they were opening a can of worms.

According to one of the people who were taken by the kombi from Kwaluseni, as they made the comments, one of the officers asked where she was coming from because it was still early in the morning.

The elderly woman is said to have told the police that she was from Kwaluseni, something which concerned the officers who continued to pose more questions with the intention of knowing why she decided to register at Ngwane Park instead of Kwaluseni.
“Sibekwa ngulabo E50 bantfwabami (We are here because of the E50 my children),” she said and her response left the officers and presiding officers curious.

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