Late ex-PM gave un­con­di­tion­ally - Rev Gla­dys

Observer on Saturday - - News -

The late for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Dr Sibu­siso Dlamini was a very giv­ing man and never war­ranted for his benev­o­lent ges­tures to be known in pub­lic.

This is how Dlamini will be re­mem­bered at his church, the Bhekinkhosi Nazarene Church in the Manzini re­gion, where he was a staunch con­gre­gant. Bhekinkhosi Nazarene con­gre­ga­tion leader, Rev­erend Gla­dys Dlamini yes­ter­day de­scribed the de­ceased as a per­son who liked his church and this was proved that af­ter be­com­ing the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter, he never re­jected his church for an­other one in the cap­i­tal city, but con­tin­ued to praise the Lord with them at the ru­ral Bhekinkhosi.

In a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion from Ndzin­geni, the Rev­erend said as a re­sult the church grew to be well known coun­try­wide be­cause of the for­mer PM’s de­ci­sion to stay with them.

“We’re hurt­ing a lot as a church. He was not only a Prime Min­is­ter to us, but an im­por­tant mem­ber of the church. He very much liked his church and as mem­bers we learnt a lot from him. For in­stance, while he would pay his tithes re­li­giously, he went an ex­tra mile to give to those in need. Many might not know this side of be­cause he never went pub­lic to an­nounce when he had given, but he did it out of his good heart,” said Rev­erend Dlamini.

The Rev­erend went on to ap­pre­ci­ate how the de­ceased re­spected him as a fe­male rev­erend yet he was a much re­spected fig­ure in the coun­try.


She said Dlamini also taught them how to keep time. The church ser­vice starts at 9:30am, he would al­ways ar­rived early de­spite hav­ing had to drive all the way from Mba­bane and through a bumpy road to Bhekinkhosi.

“Ben­gi­tivela nginemahloni ngendlela bekangihlonipha ngayo,” she added while em­pha­sis­ing in ver­nac­u­lar how the for­mer PM re­spected her for her po­si­tion in the church. The Rev­erend stressed that they had lost an im­por­tant mem­ber of the church that had done a lot for the con­gre­ga­tion.

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