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NDVUNA REMOVED AS CLERK TO PARLY

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MBABANE – In a shocking turn of events, Clerk to Parliament Ndvuna Dlamini has been removed. 

The news of Dlamini’s redeployment started spreading like wildfire yesterday evening after it was discovered that the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) was locked in a meeting without Dlamini being present. When contacted last night, Dlamini confirmed that he had been reliably informed that he had been redeployed to a certain ministry. 

When pressed further on which ministry it would be, Dlamini asked to divulge more information later. 

Consulting

Dlamini said, however, he was still consulting with his lawyers because his purported redeployment was both a violation of the Constitution of Eswatini and the Parliamentary Service Board Act. 

“Moreover His Majesty’s name has been abused,” said Dlamini in an interview last night. 

He said he believed the move was a ploy to stop him from concluding his submission before the Public Accounts Committee. 

The clerk to Parliament’s position is similar to that of principal secretary or controlling officer. 

This is not the first time that Dlamini has made allegations to the effect that the King’s name was being abused. 

His troubles started when he appeared before the PAC in August 2020, where he alleged that his duties as clerk to Parliament were being tampered with by politicians. 

The clerk had informed the PAC, which is chaired by Matsanjeni North MP Phila Buthelezi, that he was not in control of trips undertaken by politicians as most of them were awarded trips by the presiding officers; Senate President Lindiwe Dlamini and Speaker Petros Mavimbela. 

The clerk to Parliament had further alleged that the Senate president was fond of travelling to New York and insisted on travelling first class. 

As a result, Ndvuna  revealed that he had since engaged the Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo who was the minister responsible for parliamentary affairs. 

During his subsequent sitting before the PAC, Ndvuna had informed the committee that his meeting with the PM had gone very well as the latter had promised to work on the matter. 

The clerk had even informed the PAC that he was considering seeking an audience with the King as some politicians were keen on abusing his name to carry out their agenda. 

Bullied

He had promised to table in writing all the instances wherein he alleged he was bullied to the PAC. 

However, during a Senate sitting, the Senate president denied all the allegations levelled against her by Ndvuna. 

In fact, in a letter which was written by the president last year after Ndvuna had first made his presentations before the committee, she had stated that the motive behind the clerk making the untrue statements about her to the PAC raised a very serious question. 

The Senate president further submitted that the clerk’s submission before the PAC was a serious cause for concern and particularly disturbing for among other reasons that he had weekly meetings with presiding officers, but the matters raised before the committee were not once brought up by Ndvuna in that forum. 

Meanwhile, members of the PSB include the Senate president, Speaker, Mhlume MP Victor Malambe, former Pigg’s Peak MP Hlobisile Ndlovu, who is now a member of the Ludzidzini Council, Jabulile Mashwama who is the Managing Director of the Eswatini Water Services Corporation and Senator Chief Mphatfwa. The clerk to Parliament is an ex-officio member of the Board. 

Efforts to get comment from the Senate president were unsuccessful as she had not responded to a text message sent to her by 8pm. However, unconfirmed rumours were to the effect that one of the senior female officers in Parliament had been appointed as the next clerk to Parliament.

 

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