Sunday, September 14, 2008


Swazi Observer

26 August 2008


By Njabulo Dlamini

A number of former Members of Parliament failed to win the primary elections on the weekend at their respective chiefdoms.

In cabinet, Minister of Public Service and Information S’gayoyo Magongo is the odd one out after failing to win at Herefords chiefdom under Mayiwane constituency.

He reverted to his home area this time round after initially (2003-08) representing residents of Lobamba Lomdzala constituency.

Amongst those ex-MPs who crashed out include human rights activist and hot favourite for the MP position Vulindlela Msibi, who had been nominated at Ngcoseni area under Ngwemphisi constituency.

Msibi lost out to Mthandi Dube.

Also losing out was Patrick Pha Motsa who failed to make it at Dwalile chiefdom under Mangcongco constituency.

Minister Magongo and another legislator who served in the Eighth parliament, Vusi Dlamini, were defeated by Jojo Dlamini, who was in the Seventh Parliament.

But several cabinet ministers won the primary elections and these are; Njabulo Mabuza (Health), Elijah Shongwe (Public Works), Lutfo Dlamini (Enterprise and Employment), Mtiti Fakudze (Agriculture) as well as Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Youth Affairs Hlobsile Ndlovu.

Other ministers; Majozi Sithole (Finance) and Dumsile Sukati (Natural Resources) chose not to stand for elections this time round.

Former Deputy Speaker Trusty Gina also sailed through in the process beating Thabile Tsabedze, police officer and Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors gospel group lead singer.

Other ex-MPs who failed to make it to the secondary elections were;


* Moses Mathunjwa Mhlume

* Vusi Dlamini Mayiwane

* Maqhawe Mavuso Mkhiweni

* Mangena Jele Sigwe

* Franson Simelane Mtsambama

* Quinton Zwane Hhukwini

* Mfanakaziwa Masuku Madlangemphisi

* Thulani Dlamini Nkhaba

* Phillip Mavuso Mhlangatane

* Zondi Tsabedze Timphisini.

Some ex-MPs who served in years gone by bounced back and these include the likes of Sikakadza Matsebula (former Speaker) who won at Siphocosini area and Roy Fanourakis at Gundvwini.

Former Kukhanyeni MP Clement Dlamini is set to return for a third term after winning at Mkhulamini chiefdom. Also set for a similar term is ex-Lobamba MP Marwick Khumalo.

Most chiefdoms were yet to release results as polling officers were busy with the counting last night.

However, a full list of the candidates who won and those who crashed out is yet to be availed by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) which was still working on it.


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