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MBABANE – His Majesty King Mswati III gave 12 directives that should be implemented by different stakeholders, with specific timelines on others, during Parliament opening on Friday.

The Speech from the Throne in the first session of the 12th Parliament Official Opening was highlighted by goals that need to be achieved to inform the country’s prosperity in the next five years. Some of the issues that the King touched on in his address were informed by the submissions that were made by emaSwati during the Sibaya People’s Parliament late last year. One in particular was the issue of service delivery, to which the King said parliamentarians were urged to establish collaborative partnership, with the other branches of government and enhance service delivery to the nation with the highest level of efficiency and speed.


The King also spoke on the issue of high unemployment, which was the major highlight of the submissions at Sibaya last year. The head of State said it was vital for Members of Parliament (MPs) to address these issues (unemployment) and come up with well-established strategies to achieve good economic growth for the country. Unlike the Speech from the Throne that was given in the First Session of the 11th Parliament in February 2019, the King gave specific timelines on the commencement and completion of some of the projects to be undertaken by government in the next financial year. In 2019, the King spoke about the development of infrastructure in the country but this time, he was specific on its commencement and completion.

For example, the King said the completion of the international convention centre (ICC) and Five-Star Hotel (FISH) must be prioritised in the next financial year. The King also urged government to expedite the commencement of the process of mobilising resources for the construction of the referral hospital as promised by the friends of the kingdom and this should be done in the next financial year. His Majesty the King was also specific that to fulfil the country’s fuel sufficiency objectives, the nation would be pleased to know that the strategic oil reserve construction would commence in the next six months.

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