Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Swazi Observer

30 September 2008

List of appointees remains secret

By Timothy Simelane

PEOPLE who envisage that their names will appear in the list of appointed MPs can hold their breadth until His Majesty King Mswati III returns from a United Nations Summit in New York.

Chairperson of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Chief Gija said his office would await the list from the appointing authorities, and until then, he had no remedy for those anxious to know the results.

“The appointed MPs will come from His Majesty, and since he is currently not in the country, we will wait to hear when he arrives,” the chairman said.

Only results from Kwaluseni Inkhundla are still outstanding, as all other elected MPs have been installed in office.

This is where former MP Sibusiso Majaha Nkambule is embroiled in a court battle with primary election competitor Sibusiso Mabhanisi Dlamini.

It is expected that the list will name the prospective prime minister and cabinet ministers, as has been the case in the past two parliaments.

After the announcement of the list, MPs will be sworn in. They will then elect 10 people to Senate.

His Majesty will then announce 20 other senators.

It is also expected that His Majesty will summon the nation to the cattle byre where the prime minister will be officially announced. This is if the outgoing PM, Themba Dlamini will not be re-appointed.


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