…Themba Ma­suku re­turns as DPM

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His Majesty King Mswati III has ap­pointed a new Cabi­net that should bring hope to Eswa­tini with its mem­bers’ ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pro­pri­ate ar­eas of ex­per­tise.

The 20-mem­ber Cabi­net team was an­nounced in less than five min­utes at the Cabi­net of­fices in Mba­bane yes­ter­day by its head, Prime Min­is­ter Am­brose Mand­vulo Dlamini.

The king’s tone has been vividly clear ever since he called Sibaya to an­nounce the new PM last week that go­ing into First World sta­tus is too de­mand­ing as it de­mands a dou­bled ef­fort, chang­ing strate­gies that the coun­try em­ployed in the yester year, and bring­ing in new strate­gies to en­cour­age en­vis­aged goals.


He said that would re­quire re­searches in such ar­eas as agri­cul­ture with a view to link do­mes­tic farm­ing with com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion that may re­sult in the prod­uct be­ing sold in for­eign mar­kets; pro­mot­ing tourism to in­crease the num­bers of vis­i­tors; ex­pan­sion in the in­dus­try sec­tor; in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy; com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­port.

He said these were some of the ar­eas for the incoming teams, in­clud­ing the new Cabi­net to be vig­i­lant in im­prov­ing adding that there are sev­eral other sec­tors, but he had picked a few just to em­pha­sise the need to ex­cel in stan­dards in the coun­try.

In­deed he has named a com­pletely dif­fer­ent Cabi­net team that is ex­pected to be a ve­hi­cle for eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion bring­ing in fresh and vi­able ideas to turn the coun­try’s for­tunes around.

For­mer Shis­el­weni Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tor (RA) Themba Ma­suku has bounced back as the coun­try’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM), a min­istry he

was in charge of dur­ing the 2008-2013 term.

The King has fur­ther ap­pointed busi­ness mogul and Mon­tigny Di­rec­tor Neal Ri­jken­berg to be in charge of the min­istry of fi­nance while Dr Tambo Gina will be in charge of the min­istry of eco­nomic plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment.

Man­qoba Khu­malo, the first Liswati to be ap­pointed CONCO Gen­eral Manager tak­ing over from Jose Neves and who un­til re­cently has been de­ployed by the com­pany over­seas, is now min­is­ter of com­merce, in­dus­try and trade.

Pho­lile Shakantu, nee Dlamini, who is ad­e­quately qual­i­fied in the field of law, is now min­is­ter of jus­tice and con­sti­tu­tional af­fairs. The youngest Min­is­ter in this Cabi­net Princess Sikhany­iso will be in charge of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion in the min­istry of in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Only three from the re­cent Cabi­net that was led by the late Sibu­siso Dlamini re­turned to Cabi­net, but with new po­si­tions. These in­clude for­mer Min­is­ter of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade Jab­u­lani ‘Buy Cash’ Mabuza, who is now de­ployed in the Agri­cul­ture port­fo­lio; for­mer Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Moses Vi­lakati, who has been de­ployed to the Min­istry of Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs; and for­mer Min­is­ter of Sports, Cul­ture and Youth Af­fairs David Cruiser Ng­cam­phala, who will now be in charge of the Tinkhundla Ad­min­is­tra­tion and De­vel­op­ment port­fo­lio.

Out­go­ing Eswa­tini Wa­ter Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (EWSC) Manag­ing Di­rec­tor (MD) Peter Bhembe has been ap­pointed by the King to head the nat­u­ral re­sources and en­ergy min­istry while the min­istries of home af­fairs, pub­lic works and trans­port and that of hous­ing and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment will be headed by Princess Lindiwe, Chief Nd­laluh­laza Nd­wandwe and Prince Sime­lane, re­spec­tively.

Thuli Dladla, who was the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) Chair­per­son in the 10th par­lia­ment, is now for­eign af­fairs and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion min­is­ter while Lizzie Nkosi and Har­ries Madze Bu­lunga have been ap­pointed to head the min­istries of health and sports, cul­ture and youth af­fairs re­spec­tively.

Com­plet­ing the new-look Cabi­net team are Ma­fut­seni MP Lady Howard Mabuza (ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing), Makhosi Vi­lakati (labour and so­cial se­cu­rity) and min­is­ter of pub­lic ser­vice Chris­tian Nt­shangase.

The new min­is­ters are ex­pected to be sworn as Min­is­ters of the Crown at the Hos­pi­tal Hill next week. Their first as­sign­ment as min­is­ters is ex­pected to be the at­ten­dance of the coun­try’s na­tional prayer that has been called by the King at Mand­vulo Grand Hall this morn­ing.

PM - Mand­vulo Dlamini Tourism Moses Vi­lakati DPM - Themba Ma­suku Ed­u­ca­tion Lady Howard Mabuza Com­merce Man­qoba Khu­malo Labour Makhosi Vi­lakati Jus­tice Pho­lile Dlamini Pub­lic Ser­vice Chris­tian Nt­shangase Nat­u­ral Re­sources Peter Bhembe Eco­nomic Plan­ning Tambo Gina Home Af­fairs - Princess Lindiwe Agri­cul­ture - Jab­u­lani Mabuza Sports Har­ries Bu­lunga Pub­lic Works - Chief Nd­laluh­laza Hous­ing Prince Sime­lane ICT - Princess Sikhany­iso For­eign Af­fairs Thuli Dladla Tinkhundla David Ng­cam­pha­lala Health - Lizzy Nkosi Fi­nance - Neal Rei­jken­burg


His Majesty King Mswati III ad­dress­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment at Mand­vulo Grand Hall on Wed­nes­day.

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