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KING DISSOLVES PARLY

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LUDZIDZINI – “Ekhaya!” After five turbulent years, it is the end of an era for the 10th Parliament of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
This comes after His Majesty King Mswati III dissolved the current Parliament at the Ludzidzini Cattle Byre yesterday.


According to His Majesty’s Speech, which lasted for only 20 minutes, the current Parliament has until June 30, 2018 to wind up its operations.
The King’s announcement is slightly different from the last time when he dissolved Parliament, as this time it happened while the registration process for the elections was ongoing.
In 2013, His Majesty dissolved Parliament on August 2 which was a day before the nominations for the national elections began.
Announcing the dissolution yesterday, His Majesty noted that the country was already busy with preparations for the elections.


“Ne-Phalamende lekhona sekuyabonakala kutsi nembala nasekuyiwa elukhetfweni sekuyosentjetwa,” he said.
He said there was a need for the current Parliament to have its members allowed to go and participate in the elections so that the whole process would go smoothly.
Notably, His Majesty did not come clear as to what would happen to Cabinet, as in 2013 there was an announcement of a committee which he referred to as ‘sigejane’ that was to hold the fort while a new government was being elected into office.
It has always been the norm that whenever Parliament is dissolved, His Majesty is left with a small team he will work with to wrap up government business.
Instead of dwelling much on Cabinet, The King mentioned that he could not work alone but needed all support until a new one was appointed into office.


He said the current Cabinet could stay and look after government affairs until such a time when they would hand over everything to principal secretaries.
In an interview with Government Spokesperson, Percy Simelane, he stated that other announcements to ensure the smooth running of government would follow as it had always been the case in the past.
Clarity was also sought from the Attorney General, Chief Sifiso Mashampu Khumalo, who stated that the King had made it clear that he was not going to be left alone.
“I do not want to speak on behalf of His Majesty, all I can is that Cabinet can remain at his pleasure. Usually what normally happens is that Cabinet leaves immediately after the primary elections just before the campaigning process begins,” said Khumalo.

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