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DISMANTLING OUR PILLARS OF SURVIVAL

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Many people have been taken aback by developments that have unfolded in Parliament following the unceremonious transfer of now former Clerk to Parliament Ndvuna Dlamini, who had laid bare before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) the challenges he was facing in executing his duties as controlling officer.

He placed the cause of his frustrations at the door of Senate President Lindiwe Dlamini. Now the public may never get to know the truth behind the serious allegations levelled against a senior leader of Parliament. Nothing has been forthcoming from the head of Parliament, Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini either, regarding the move and this draws us to question the promises he made when launching the strategic road map that was expected to make us a better country by 2023.

Pillars

We do recall that he aligned government to achieving high rankings on key pillars of globally recognised indicators; namely the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance and the Corruption Perception Index among others.We were promised that economic recovery of this country would be underpinned by good governance and fiscal stability. He set the 2023 target for Eswatini on good governance at 65 points as it stood at a five-year stagnant 49.6 points on the Mo Ibrahim Index.This requires a jump of 10.1 points in the next two years.

It was also highlighted that one of the essential pillars for fiscal stability was accountability. The PM pronounced his determination to change the corruption perception from the 93 per cent of citizens who view the country as corrupt, to an ambitious 30 per cent and reduce the corruption tolerance level from 37 per cent to eight per cent by 2022. To achieve this would need strong structures like Parliament and the PAC to play a central role supported by a strong political will from the head of government.

Transfer

However, what has played itself out in Parliament in the case of the unexplained transfer of the clerk to Parliament has gone a long way to weaken and drop the rating of an essential pillar for good governance which leaves us wondering if a political will even exists. There is no guessing which way the corruption perception and tolerance figures have gone over the past few days. What is also certain is that a strong message has been sent out to all whistleblowers out there. This government wants us to be afraid,very afraid. It is a wish we cannot afford to grant it.

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