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image MP Marwick Khumalo (l) being welcomed by his colleagues before the start of the Parliament sitting yesterday. (Pics: Mduduzi Mngomezulu)

LOBAMBA— A plain clothes police officer was yesterday kicked out of a workshop for MPs at the Happy Valley Resort.

This was revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday as Ntondozi MP Peter Ngwenya told the Deputy Speaker Esther Dlamini that MPs lived in fear because there was constant police presence, in particular those from the Intelligence Unit.

Lobamba Member of Parliament (MP) Majahodvwa Khumalo went as far as alleging that his cellphone had been bugged ever since he started being vocal against some people. The MPs are currently attending a workshop on the Elections Expenses Bill 2013, a Bill which they kicked out unanimously over two weeks ago.

They stated that the officer was taking down notes of the MPs’ comments during the workshop.  It remains unknown why the legislators are again meeting over the Elections Expenses Bill which was the subject matter of the three-hour caucus they held last Thursday.

Ngwenya said as MPs they were now afraid to do anything because there was too much police presence in their midst. “We know of the police who ensure our safety and they are normally in uniform, we do not know what is happening now,” said Ngwenya.

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