‘Unit established to kill SEA’
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.”