8 October 2008
King adds two more women to parly
By Sisho Magagula
THERE are now nine women in the House of Assemby.
This follows the appointment of two more women to join Parliament by His Majesty King Mswati III. These are Princess Ncengencenge and Thuli Dladla.
Princess Ncengencenge is a pastor, having been ordained at Jesus Calls Worship Centre in Matsapha in May this year.
Dladla is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sebenta National Institute.
Seven other female MPs were elected into the house by the electorate, and these include Hlobsile Ndlovu from Pigg's Peak, Esther Dlamini from Mbabane East, Trusty Gina from Nkilongo, Siphiwe Kunene from Mhlume, Nonhlanhla Dlamini from Ludzeludze and Jennifer Shiba from Timphisini.
The appointees were announced by Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), Chief Gija at his offices yesterday afternoon.
Section 81(1) of the national constitution provides that there should be at least 30 percent women representation in Parliament.
Other parliament appointments by the King are on the way in Senate. The King is expected to appoint 20 senators, says section 94(3) of the constitution. At least eight of these shall be women.
The House of Assembly must elect 10 senators, five of whom should be women.