Thursday 2019-02-21




By Mbono Mdluli | 2018-10-12

Giant killing Mhlambanyatsi Member of Parliament (MP) Petros Mavimbela yesterday claimed another scalp of politics’ perceived big brother Themba Msibi in the race for Speaker.

Mavimbela is officially the Speaker of the House of Assembly. The composed Mavimbela won the elections held yesterday in Parliament after MPs were officially sworn-in.

He was competing with former Speaker Themba Msibi who bit the dust as Mavimbela recorded a landslide. Mavimbela launched his giant killing spree by defeating former Housing Minister Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza in the secondary elections.

Yesterday, Mavimbela amassed an incredible 47 votes out of a possible 69 while Msibi managed a miserable 22 votes.

Mavimbela will be assisted by Matsanjeni North MP Phila Buthelezi, who beat Gege MP Musa Kunene to the position of Deputy Speaker.

 Buthelezi got 40 votes, while Kunene managed 27 votes.

Mavimbela’s victory was largely applauded by the MPs together with some guests in the public gallery.

Their applause was seemingly influenced by the fact that many MPs were earlier allegedly threatened and coerced into voting for Msibi. There had been circulating rumours that authorities had identified their preferred candidate.

After Mavimbela was announced the winner, the House adjourned for about five minutes to allow him to put on the speaker’s official attire.

The new speaker was duly introduced by Sergeant-at-arms Saviva Mkhonta.

Mavimbela entered the House in his full gear, showing that he was ready to assume the position of Speaker.

He was sandwiched by Hosea MP Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mhlume MP Victor Malambe, who accompanied him to the Speaker seat. The two MPs nominated and seconded each other in the election of the new speaker.

Mavimbela duly took his seat after shaking hands with both the MPs who escorted him.

The Mhlambanyatsi MP thanked all the MPs who voted for him to the seat. He promised to work diligently and serve with integrity. He stated that he hailed from Zondwako under Chief Velamuva Maseko.

He said he had experience in the leadership field and he would put that experience into good use.

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