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MBABANE – While the focus is on the exit of parliamentarians and Cabinet ministers, four main emabandla have also reached the end of their terms. 

Members of the Ludzidzini Council, Liqoqo, Border Restoration Committee (BRC) and the Land Management Board (LMB) are preparing to vacate office as their five-year term will end this year.

These institutions had 59 appointed members in November 2013, however, some have since passed on over the years.
Among those who passed away include Prince Logcogco, who was Liqoqo Chairperson, Prince Gabheni, Chief Solani, Obed Dlamini and Waqunga Dlamini who were all Liqoqo members.

From the Ludzidzini Council, the Chairperson, Ndvuna Timothy Velabo Mtetwa passed on.  
The appointing gazettes, Legal Notices 192, 193 and 194 of 2013, which were issued on November 22, state that the members of these institutions shall retain their positions wherever they were or employed prior to appointment.

The Swazi News took the initiative to find out if the members of these institutions would be proudly exiting the office after having served for five years.
While some felt they had covered wide ground regarding their work, others felt they came into office at a time when there was too much work to be done.


Chairman of the Land Management Board Clement Dlamini for instance, said they came into office at a time when land issues were at their peak and when most of the cases brought before the Board were almost irreversible.
“Our term was full of activity and we are glad we have been able to cover almost all areas where land issues were reported,” said Clement Dlamini.

He said some of the cases they had to deal with were almost irreversible.
“We noted that some people thought the misallocation of land was the right thing to do because it was so prevalent such that it had become the norm.”

Dlamini noted that areas like Ndlalambi, Matsapha, Siphocosini, Mashobeni and Mbekelweni were among those that had the highest number of cases that needed their attention.

According to the chairman, the prevalent sources of land disputes involved the sale of land under the Swazi Nation Land and the allocation of homesteads on land reserved for something else other than that.


The former minister for Agriculture appeared to be very particular about the allocation of homes on mountains, saying mountains were supposed to be no-go areas in almost all communities.

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