Tuesday 2018-03-20




By Mbono Mdluli | 2018-03-14

Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini yesterday reminded MPs that he was not the only one going at the end of this parliamentary term.

Dlamini said this in response to MP Princess Ncengencenge’s question. Princess Ncengencenge asked the prime minister to state if there were any developments that took place in the country ever since he took over as a prime minister of the country.

“Since this is the end of the term, can the prime minister tell us if this country is still the same as when he took over as PM? I asked the same question last term when it was time for an exit for us,”  Princess Ncengencenge said.

The prime minister, before directly answering the princess’s question, stated that it seemed as if other people thought that he was the only one that had to go as the present term neared its end.

“During the budget debate of 1998, one MP stood here in this House and told me that when he came back, he would move a motion of no confidence against me. He forgot that the elections were coming in the same year and he lost the elections. The last time I saw him, he was selling cookies along the roads,” the PM said, leaving the MPs and his officials in stitches.

Without mentioning names, it became clear that the PM was saying this in reference to the utterances made by Nkwene MP Sikhumbuzo Dlamini on Monday in the House of Assembly.

During the debate of the performance of the ministry of information, communications and technology (ICT), MP Sikhumbuzo warned editors of the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS) that the PM, who they were allegedly helping to assassinate people’s characters using the radio station, would leave them.

He referred to the PM as ‘bhova’ (‘bulldog’). The PM, when answering Princess Ncengencenge, said the country had most of its parts covered in terms of electrification.  Most residents of the country were drinking clean water and most children were in schools having access to education.

He also stated that many residents of the country stayed in decent houses. In other countries, people stayed in shacks outside urban areas but the case was different in this country, he said.

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