By Starsky Mkhonta | 2018-04-16
BENEDICT Xaba has officially declared his interest of getting involved in politics.
He boldly stated that he was preparing to make a comeback as Member of Parliament under Shiselweni II.
Xaba, a former Cabinet minister (health) lost in the previous elections (2013) to little known Mthokozisi Kunene.
A few months ago, Kunene said he was quitting politics but he later said he would be relocating to Maseyisini where he has a home.
This time around, Xaba said he would do everything to ‘wrestle’ with anyone to win back ‘his’ position.
He publicly announced that he was coming back with a bang and urged the electorate of Shiselweni II to participate in all the stages of elections.
Xaba was a guest of honour during the farewell function of retiring principal at St Anthony’s Primary School which is under Maseyisini Constituency.
He motivated the Maseyisini electorate to look nowhere further in the national 2018 elections than retaining their current MP (Mduduzi ‘Small Joe’ Dlamini).
Xaba encouraged people under the neighbouring Shiselweni II to fully participate in the elections and advised them to make a right choice.
“Let me also request people from my constituency that they need to stand up as Mashanyela (his nickname) is making a comeback. It’s no secret that the constituency is in need of a ‘broom’ to sweep as the place has gathered dust and other dirt since he left. It’s time I make a return and do what I know best,” said Xaba.
Xaba when he was still in office as MP adopted the name ‘Mashanyela’ (broom). In the previous elections, during the campaigning stages he kept carrying the (Swazi) broom with him which he waved time and again, a trick which did not work though as he bit the dust with the little known Kunene, the outgoing MP, proving to be more popular.
Xaba said there were projects that he initiated when he was still an MP and those were still pending.
“Those projects have not been implemented five years down the line,” said Xaba.
In his capacity as Chairman of the Swaziland Water Services Corporation board, Xaba made a special appeal to customers to assist in reporting anyone stealing property for the corporation.
“We also appeal to you to desist from illegal connections as this is also theft,” said Xaba.
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