THEMBA MSIBI RUNS FOR SPEAKER POST

For­mer PM in­ter­fered in Partly af­fairs

Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - Sto­ries by Alec Lushaba Ed­i­tor

Speaker Themba Msibi has de­clared his avail­abil­ity and readi­ness to serve the new Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment as Speaker.

Msibi, who is still in of­fice un­til the new Speaker has been elected, said he is avail­able and in the run­ning for the po­si­tion which he held for the past five years.

He was elected un­op­posed in 2013 af­ter then con­tenders Prince Guduza, Mfomfo Nkambule and Patrick Pha Motsa with­drew from the race.

Just like Prince Guduza, who now leads the Bor­der De­ter­mi­na­tion Spe­cial Com­mit­tee oth­er­wise known as Bor­der Com­mit­tee, Msibi is run­ning to re­tain his po­si­tion.

Sec­tion 102 (1) states that MPs elect the Speaker of the House of As­sem­bly on the first day of their sit­ting within or out­side the House.

Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

The first sit­ting of the House of As­sem­bly is ex­pected to be on Wed­nes­day af­ter their in­duc­tion work­shop on Tues­day.

In­ter­viewed yes­ter­day, Msibi said he is still in of­fice un­til the new Speaker is elected.

“I am not just warm­ing the seat, but can­vass­ing for sup­port from the MPs to be re-elected Speaker. I am el­i­gi­ble to stand and I am avail­able,” he said. He said in his time as Speaker, he has learnt a lot and now ap­pre­ci­ates his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties more. “Un­for­tu­nately, there is no school for be­ing Speaker. The job of be­ing Speaker is huge as it in­volves strik­ing a good bal­ance be­tween the in­ter­ests of the Ex­ec­u­tive and Leg­is­la­ture, whilst en­sur­ing its in­de­pen­dence. “When mem­bers elect you into the po­si­tion, they do so be­liev­ing in your lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. I be­lieve in the pe­riod I was the Speaker I dis­charged my du­ties in the best pos­si­ble way, but I must con­fess that there were chal­lenges, which were well doc­u­mented,” he said. About 25 cur­rent MPs qual­ify to stand for the po­si­tion. The MPs are Lutfo Dlamini, Robert Magongo, Mduduzi Mabuza, Musa Ng­cobo, Tim­o­thy Myeni, Big­boy Mamba, Mac­ford Sibandze, Pet­ros Mav­im­bela, Sibu­siso Dlamini, Thandi Nx­u­malo, Mar­wick Khumalo, Mduduzi Ma­gag­ula, Mduduzi Dlamini, Phila Buthelezi, David Ng­cam­pha­lala, Som­phisi Ma­gag­ula, Jab­u­lani Mabuza and Ja­cob Si­wela.

Oth­ers are Mab­u­lala Maseko, Moses Vi­lakati, Princess Phumelele, Prince Kusa, Prince Hlangabeza, Prince Mfanawenkhosi and Ind­vuna Themba Ginindza.

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