‘Unit es­tab­lished to kill SEA’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

In­sid­ers at SEA say a can­di­date has al­ready been iden­ti­fied to take charge at Swazi­land En­vi­ron­ment Au­thor­ity and is cur­rently in the United States.

This is qual­i­fied by a state­ment of the board re­gard­ing con­flicts re­sult­ing from the on­go­ing cre­ation of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Depart­ment within the min­istry al­legedly be­ing headed by the favourite of­fi­cer cur­rently in the US. This, in­sid­ers say, leads to du­pli­ca­tion of du­ties that are oth­er­wise within the man­date of the SEA. “This new en­vi­ron­ment unit at the min­istry seeks to em­ploy a num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers to carry out sim­i­lar func­tions to those that the SEA is man­dated to carry out. Fur­ther­more it was es­tab­lished that the ul­ti­mate aim was for the unit to take over the co­or­di­na­tion of all mul­ti­lat­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal agree­ments whose cur­rent fo­cal points are based at the SEA.” The mul­ti­lat­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal agree­ments have to do with for­eign trips, op­por­tu­ni­ties and projects funded by mainly the United Na­tions whereby only the blue eyed stood to ben­e­fit with the cre­ation of this unit, says in­sid­ers.

Notes fur­ther the board, “The un­fair and harsh treat­ment by the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at SEA was also brought to the at­ten­tion of the board and it is ev­i­dent that such treat­ment is stem­ming from the re­moval of cer­tain func­tions from SEA and re­sul­tantly the lack of clar­ity on the roles of the min­istry and the SEA on sev­eral is­sues. The on­go­ing con­flict be­tween the PS and the SEA dates back be­yond the term of our board.

The board there­fore in­her­ited sev­eral prob­lems from pre­vi­ous boards and this has strained re­la­tions be­tween the PS and the rest of the board mem­bers par­tic­u­larly be­cause he has not been forth­com­ing with in­for­ma­tion which would have as­sisted the board to make bet­ter de­ci­sions.”

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