CABINET ENDS PARLY BOYCOAT
MPs walk out, House adjourned MP Johane refuses to apologise Statement on new Bogogo Wednesday
Cabinet has finally ended the boycott it started on Wednesday, which resulted in MPs carrying out Parliament business without ministers.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Sibusiso Dlamini, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Paul Dlamini and some Cabinet ministers attended an impromptu Parliament business.
Before the start of Parliament business, a communication from the chairman of the House was issued to the lawmakers.
The communication was issued by House of Assembly Speaker Themba Msibi, who is also the chairperson of the House. Msibi said it would be advisable for both backbenchers (MPs) and frontbenchers (Cabinet ministers) to continue with their work so that issues of public interest could be addressed by both parties.
Msibi said it was unfortunate that what they did as MPs to Cabinet was wrongly interpreted in public.
MPs are said to have expelled Cabinet ministers from Parliament yet the latter assigned the former to work on how they could source funds for paying new elderly people, who had turned 60 years from April 2017 until now.
Another issue that Cabinet was to address was that of Phalala Fund, where it had been reported that some of the Swazis who were supposed to be its beneficiaries were not attended to. This made their situation to be worse as they were not receiving any medical attention.
The Speaker went on to tell the House that when the two parties parted ways during their last sitting, some MPs did what was unacceptable in the House. The last sitting the speaker was talking about was last week Thursday. Mbabane West MP Johane Shongwe tore into pieces a statement which was read in the House by the then Acting Prime Minister Paul Dlamini.
Minister for Public Service Owen Nxumalo was asked to leave the House over a bad joke he made towards Nkwene MP Sikhumbuzo Dlamini.
Msibi asked the MPs and ministers not to debate the matter, so that there could be a way-forward on the matter. The Speaker wanted MP Johane Shongwe to show some remorse on the act of tearing the statement by withdrawing whatever words he said during the debate last week.
When Shongwe started speaking, Nkwene MP Sikhumbuzo Dlamini stood on a point of order and wanted to know why it was necessary for Shongwe to withdraw.
MP Sikhumbuzo was of the view that Shongwe needed not to withdraw anything because the matter was dealt with by the Speaker.
The Speaker also told the House that Minister Owen Nxumalo showed an act of remorse after he was asked to leave on Thursday last week.
Nxumalo went to the office of the Speaker to apologise on what he had done. Msibi told the House that he accepted Nxumalo’s apology.
However, his apology to the Speaker was not enough to the MPs. Lobamba MP Michael Masilela pleaded with Nxumalo to also apologise to MP Sikhumbuzo. Nxumalo ended up apologising to MP Sikhumbuzo.
MP Johane Shongwe, on the other hand, did not apologise yesterday. Instead, he said he would not repeat himself in the House because the matter was dealt with last week by the Speaker.
He said he was happy that the Speaker rebuked him and he accepted that he made a mistake.