Swaziland Solidarity Network
17 October 2011
MORE MAN MADE BLUNDERS FROM THE FARM
The Prime Minister of Swaziland, [Barnabas] Sibusiso Dlamini, has confirmed the king’s decision to fire the Minister of Justice, David Matse, after only a year in office.
Through its website, the government reported that Matse, along with the former Minister for Commutations and Technology, Nelsiwe Shongwe, had been summarily dismissed from their duties.
Matse’s dismissal is part of the on-going “man-made” judicial crisis in the country. It is alleged that Matse refused to endorse the victimisation of Justice Thomas Masuku, the judge who was recently fired after the Chief Justice leveled a series of allegations against him.
To fill the two vacant posts, the king has elevated the former Swaziland MTN, Senator Winnie Magagula, to the post of Minister of Communications and Technology. Mr. Matse’s post, on the other hand, will be taken by Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, who was the acting Minister of Justice since the “suspension” of Mr. Matse. As part of this mad reshuffle, Mr. Lutfo Dlamini, the government propagandists and king’s step father, has been shifted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
This very embarrassing reshuffle has nothing to do with reinvigorating cabinet or improving service delivery to the people of Swaziland. Instead, it is a way of punishing the principled former justice minister, and seeing to it that the telecommunications ministry is in the hands of people who “toe the line”.
Interestingly, it is such blunders that end up having a negative effect on the country's image, thus reducing its potential to attract much needed foreign investment. The king must take full blame for this one as well.
FORWARD TO THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SWAZILAND!!!!
Issued By the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN]
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