‘Parly to act on Asian report findings soon’
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.
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.