‘Parly to act on Asian re­port find­ings soon’

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane

Ti­tius Th­wala the Zom­bodze Emuva Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who chaired the se­lect com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants es­pe­cially Asians into Swazi­land says ac­tion on the find­ings will re­sume im­me­di­ately the re­port is adopted and passed by Par­lia­ment which will sub­se­quently lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of a gov­ern­ment as­sur­ance com­mit­tee to make sure the find­ings are fol­lowed.

Th­wala ac­knowl­edged that some Asians were un­fazed and did not be­lieve the find­ings of his com­mit­tee would re­sult into any­thing as they con­tinue about their busi­ness and show no sign of shap­ing up. “That’s true but talk to me about this in two weeks time,” says a de­ter­mined Th­wala.

In our vis­its into mainly Asian run shops on Swazi Na­tion Land in Sipho­fa­neni this week one Asian at Ekup­holeni Su­per­mar­ket across Lusutfu River could hardly un­der­stand what our visit was about save to say we should talk to one Skhosana who gave him all the rights to do busi­ness there. Sur­pris­ingly a fam­ily that op­er­ated the same su­per­mar­ket, an el­derly Asian woman and her son once said she had al­ready ac­quired cit­i­zen­ship through a chief around Sipho­fa­neni but the se­lect com­mit­tee re­port has it that it is only the King that is­sues cit­i­zen­ship and not chiefs.

In­ves­ti­gate

In the bustling ham­let of Sipho­fa­neni another Asian at KaDu­misa. The Rite Price ad­ja­cent Skhosana Butch­ery ex­pressed re­sent­ment and dis­plea­sure at be­ing in­ter­viewed about her sta­tus in do­ing busi­ness on Swazi Na­tion Land in light of the find­ings of the se­lect com­mit­tee re­port. “Please malume last night I didn’t sleep.

I want to pay my em­ploy­ees but I don’t know how. Come in get some­thing in­side, any­thing please, I’m tired of this thing!” Fur­ther down is HB Fur­nish­ers which seems to have re­cently set up shop while fur­ther north at the U-Save Zik In­vest­ment and Zik Fur­ni­ture Shop look set to stay for a very long time. In one of th­ese shops the ma­jor­ity of em­ploy­ees are young women who keep gig­gling each time the em­ployer speaks and brushes them in the face.

None of the lo­cal em­ploy­ees is seen any­where near the till only the Asian na­tion­als who seem to be own­ers of the busi­ness.

His Majesty com­mis­sioned a Ludzidzini Coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate and make ap­pro­pri­ate find­ings into dis­putes re­gard­ing the ju­ris­dic­tion of Sipho­fa­neni as all the chief­doms around the ham­let claim own­er­ship.

Prince David, dur­ing the Coun­cil con­sul­ta­tions, as­sured the res­i­dents that they would base their de­ci­sion on the de­mar­ca­tion of the land in dis­pute amongst the two chiefs on the truth.

He fur­ther high­lighted that as a Coun­cil they re­lied on the chiefs and el­ders of the area to make truth­ful sub­mis­sions to as­sist them in com­ing up with a proper de­ci­sion.

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