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MAKE ME MP, WIN RAV4 - SRA MAN

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SIPHOCOSINI – The Siphocosini electorate could not believe their ears when told that one of them would win a Toyota Rav4 should they elect Mduduzi Matsebula as MP.

There were deafening screams when Matsebula, a Senior Customs Officer at the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA), told Siphocosini residents that one of them would walk away with the vehicle valued at E85 000. The vehicle was parked near the gate where the campaign rally was held at Siphocosini High School and he encouraged all present to go and view it.
Interviewed after the organised campaign which was hosted by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Matsebula encouraged the Siphocosini electorate to keep their voter cards after the Secondary Elections. “Should I win, then we will hold a raffle draw, and therefore they should keep their cards,” said Matsebula. He promised that as soon as he was sworn in as an MP, then the raffle draw would be conducted.

Meanwhile, when wooing the voters, Matsebula, who is from Luhlendlweni Chiefdom, said his vision was driven by Section 59 of the Eswatini Constitution, which calls for economic stability for all.  He stated that the section also spoke of the State taking appropriate measures to promote the development of the agriculture industry. In this regard, he said as a farmer, if elected, he would propose a law which called on zero rated tax on farm inputs.  Matsebula said in that manner, the country would have food security which was in line with Vision 2022 of having food stability. He said as a farmer, he knew of the pain of waiting for a tractor which had been paid for to plough fields, only for it to arrive in December when the farming season had passed.  However, one of the voters wanted to know what guarantee they would have that he could tackle some of the tax issues when he was failing to do it from within SRA.

“I am not here as the Commissioner General Dumisani Masilela, but here in my own capacity,” said Matsebula. He said it was clear that some of the voters needed to be educated on tax laws.  “These laws were passed by Parliament and as an officer, I am just one of those implementing the laws,” he said. Matsebula said it was all the more reason for him to be elected MP, because he knew how the tax laws worked after having worked as a customs officer for about 17 years. Reading from a tablet, Matsebula further informed the electorate that he wanted to help women who were involved in schemes to buy in bulk.

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