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MANZINI– Prime Minister (PM) Celopas Dlamini has thrown a jab at incarcerated MPs’ lawyer Sicelo Mngomezulu and arsonists.

Without mentioning the lawyer’s name, the premier made a statement, which was seemingly in response to the one  made by Mngomezulu recently when attending an event organised by Hosea residents in honour of their incarcerated Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza. At the event, that was held at Hosea Sports Ground, the lawyer said they would slaughter a cow for young girls who would boycott this year’s Umhlanga (Reed Dance) ceremony. The PM, when making his remarks after touring the under-construction Manzini Golf Course Interchange, said they were pleased as government that the construction site was guarded, which was something that made it impossible for arsonists to attack it.


He said this was because they noted with concern that when there were projects which were being carried out, some people saw them as soft targets to be torched. However, he said since the site was guarded, they failed to attack it. Thereafter, he said they should do an introspection on what they were doing because if they were of the view that development should stop for now and only continue when they were in power, did this mean building the country or looking for a chance to be in control? “Abanawukhona futsi nasemisebentini letako ngoba siyeva bayamemetela batsi nitawutsi nine nanenta Umhlanga, natsi sitobe senta yetfu imisebenti (they will not succeed even in the events they are planning because we have heard that they have made an announcement that while we will be hosting the Reed Dance, they will be also carrying out their own activities),” the PM said. He said this was shocking and they wondered why these events had to compete. He wondered why they did not have their own activities on their own day, instead of targeting a date for another activity.


He expressed bewilderment on how a ‘hungry person could offer to slaughter a cow for other people.’ “Why doesn’t he slaughter the cow for his children because they are hungry too?” the PM wondered. Furthermore, the premier said this meant that some people sebabhungukile. He said this was because a person came from his country to another nation and pledge to slaughter a cow for them, yet his fellow countrymen, in his native State, were also hungry. “Why doesn’t he pledge the cow to them?” the PM wondered. It is worth noting that the premier talked about arson attacks in all the three capital projects which are under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport that he toured yesterday; the E26 million Sigcineni/Sibovu Feeder Road, Grindrod Logistics Africa – Eswatini branch and Eswatini Railway partnership in exporting coal to overseas counties, and the E423 million Manzini Golf Course Interchange.


He expressed concerns about the ongoing arson attacks, especially at construction sites. In as much as he highlighted that none of the three sites were attacked by arsonists, he wanted to know how tight the security at Grindrod Logistics and Eswatini Railway project was and if it would be able to protect the project from arsonists. He said the people who were behind the arson attacks needed prayer and deliverance. It is public knowledge that the person who pledged a cow for girls who would boycott the Reed Dance, is lawyer Mngomezulu, who is representing MPs Bacede Mabuza (Hosea) and Mthandeni Dube (Ngwempisi). He said young girls who would decide to boycott the Reed Dance, should wear their traditional regalia and attend their own event to be held during the Umhlanga holiday, where they would slaughter a cow for them.

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