Shiselweni RA told: don’t meddle in Lubombo matters
Shiselweni Regional Administrator (RA) Themba Masuku has been told in no uncertain terms to stop meddling in matters of the Lubombo region that are not within his jurisdiction.
This transpired during a hot worded meeting held at Simoyini on Thursday where Masuku’s credentials as the rightful person to convene the meeting and further grant permission to SWADE to continue with a project they are questioning in the area were seriously questioned.
A resident, Msibi said the document produced by SWADE and the police signed by Masuku proved a bitter pill to swallow for them as they know him as an RA from Shiselweni and do not understand why he is involved in a project that touches people in the Lubombo region.
He said they were also puzzled that the senior prince who is looking after the area was also not part of the discussions and decisions pertaining the project.
“It is even the first time that we are seeing the person that signed on our behalf for the project to commence.
Even you RA, you are only coming to this area for the first time yet you had courage to sign a document giving permission to a project that you know nothing about to continue.
The Administration Act of 1950 clearly articulates how such matters of development should be administrated and the way you have gone about it is not procedural,” added Msibi.
Douglas Mamba minced no words stating that they do not know Masuku in the Lubombo region hence he wondered if the meeting was rightly convened by someone who had no jurisdiction in the region.
He asked the RA if it had even happened at Shiselweni that another RA would just come in to dictate terms there.
He urged Masuku to leave the meeting and return with the Lubombo RA Sylvia Mthethwa whom Masuku had indicated was held in other national assignments.
“Kungenteka kube siyatihhamula lapha ngoba akusuye RA wetfu lona,” he said as he stressed that the meeting could be wrongly convened.
He added; “It is confusing to us how you could issue a document directing that a project should continue in an area that not under your jurisdiction.
It is just amazing how you could direct proceedings in Lubombo from Shiselweni and even send police officers with strict instructions to ensure that nothing and no one disturbs the project.
We don’t know you in our area and has our RA sent you to convene this meeting?”
Dumisa Mamba also told the RA to just leave the meeting and return with Mthethwa, their rightful RA.
Mantwane Jobe Sikhondze threw in a word of reason advising the residents that even in the medical field when local doctors fail to find a remedy to a certain sickness within their jurisdiction then another doctor is imported to come and assist hence it would be proper to bring in an RA from Shiselweni to assist in a matter that touches on people in the Lubombo region.
Masuku then challenged the residents to show him a map that clearly demarcates the boundaries between the Lubombo and Shiselweni regions. He said engaging in boundaries disputes was not for them as residents, but for RAs and chiefs.
He warned the residents to choose their words when making their submissions while also alerting them that he was not listening to them for himself, but was representing the Swazi government.
He said there are many development initiatives in the country that know no boundaries.