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EX-MINISTER CAMPAIGNS FOR ‘SMALL JOE’ RE-ELECTION

By Starsky Mkhonta | 2018-04-16

Former minister Benedict Xaba threaded on thin ice when he appeared to campaign for Tinkhundla Minister Mduduzi ‘Small Joe’ Dlamini to be re-elected as Maseyisini MP.

Campaigning for elections directly or indirectly remains prohibited and this could cost Dlamini if found to be in breach of elections laws.

“Make no mistake in the forthcoming elections. Should you think of someone else other than your current representative, this constituency will be doomed,’’ he said, rallying the electorate to re-elect ‘Small Joe’.

Xaba said the Maseyisini residents should stick with the current Member of Parliament as he has proven to be a hard worker in the two terms he has served as their MP.

He told a gathering that it was going to be suicidal to have someone replacing Dlamini and the people would kiss the good work goodbye should they replace him with someone else.

The MP was supposed to be part of the ceremony but Xaba said he could not attend due to other pressing national assignments.

“Your MP was supposed to be part of this gathering but he is out of the country. He may not be here but his heart is here,” said Xaba, who is a close friend of MP Dlamini.

Xaba was a guest of honour during a farewell function of retired St Anthony’s Primary Principal Telford Madzela Ndzinisa who has been in the profession for over 37 years with the last 21 spent in this school.

The school is under Maseyisini Constituency.

“May I also take this opportunity to congratulate you for making the right choice when electing your current MP (‘Small Joe’).  In all the years he has served as your representative, he has delivered. His work is there for all to see and you are all aware that this man who you call ‘Small Joe’ is now ‘Big Joe’. He has not sent me to campaign for him but it’s advisable that you retain him even this time around. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking of someone else if you still want more development in this constituency,” said Xaba.

The former Shiselweni II MP said he personally envied the good work done by MP Dlamini. He said the MP had good plans for the constituency and stated that it was the people who should decide whether they were interested in seeing more development taking place or not.

“Replacing him also means you should forget seeing more development. Without ‘Small Joe’, this constituency has a bleak future.

The ball is now in your court people of this area,” said Xaba.

Xaba said projects that MP Dlamini was busy working on included the improvement of the road infrastructure such as the one from the college (Ngwane) to areas around Mbilaneni.

He said several roads under the constituency would be given a facelift as per the MP’s plans.

“Your MP has your interests at heart and what you should know is that never again would you travel or drive in muddy and bumpy roads. In the next couple of weeks, expect all the roads here in proper conditions. Never ever again will you experience problems during wet weather or rainy days as you will have probase roads and it’s what your MP wants to see happening in the a couple of months from now. You will drive in any type of a vehicle without experiencing problems as the roads will be in good condition,” said Xaba.

Xaba said it was not good to constantly change MPs as that was the reason other areas lag behind when it comes to development.

“You people of Maseyisini I want to liken you to people of America where I learned that they have an MP who has served for 35 years without being replaced.

 You elected ‘Small Joe’ in 2008 and also did the same thing in 2013 and you are hopefully going to do the same thing in 2018. That is going to be a good thing to do, especially for continuity,” said Xaba, who however did not say if the people of his constituency, Shiselweni II should also retain current MP Mthokozisi Kunene, who took over from him in the 2013 elections.

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