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LOBAMBA - The sitting of the House of Assembly yesterday began on a sad note as MPs observed a moment of silence for the late Senator Michael Temple.

The Speaker, Petros Mavimbela’s first order of business was to mention that he had been asked by the Temple family to relay that the senator had passed on.
Mavimbela said Senator Templecollapsed at his home very early on Friday morning, but was declared dead in hospital after efforts were made to resuscitate him.

The speaker also stated that the senator was one of their own as he was one of the five male senators to be elected by the Members of Parliament into Senate.
“We also further sent him to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) where he represented us very well,” said Mavimbela.
He said he felt sorry for the prime minister who was the minister responsible for Parliament and sent his condolences to the Senate president and the senators as a whole for the loss of such a hard-working man.

It was at this point that Mavimbela asked the legislators, who also included the PM, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, to honour the late senator by observing a minute’s silence.
MP Moses Vilakati, who is the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said they were very shocked by the manner in which Temple had died.


“Mike had worked very hard for the country, not only in football, but in the arts and other State assignments where he represented the country well,” said Vilakati.
He said in the few months he had been in office as minister, he had learnt a lot from Temple particularly the ideas and proposals which he had made.
Manzini South MP Thandi Nxumalo was at a loss for words as she described how Temple led them well at PAP.

“We have received so many calls and messages from them and we do not know how we can even comfort them,” she said.
MP Nxumalo said Temple always had great advice for them and he was a walking dictionary on PAP matters.  “He reminds me of Lobamba Lomdzala MP Marwick Khumalo, whom when he addresses the House always cites the relevant laws or regulations to guide us,” she said.

Maseyisini MP Mduduzi ‘Small Joe’ Dlamini said the late politician and businessman had a great love for the Kingdom of Eswatini.
He said Temple was humble and down to earth to the extent that he never let his position make him pompous.

“He would come to the Tinkhundla centres and we learnt a lot from him,” said MP Dlamini.
Temple was further commended for protecting the King and country after false reports of forced polygamy went viral.
The Speaker then circulated an envelope where the MPs could make contributions towards the Temple family.

He said funeral arrangements would be announced in due course.
Reliable sources, however, revealed that Temple’s memorial would be held on Saturday at Malandela’s and the funeral on Sunday in Ezulwini.

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