THEMBA MSIBI RUNS FOR SPEAKER POST
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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.
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.