NEWLY AP­POINTED MIN­IS­TER’S RE­AC­TIONS

Observer on Saturday - - News - BY FOR­TUNE NDLANGAMANDLA

Min­is­ter of Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Moses Vi­lakati “Bayethe, we­nawaphakatsi,” the ex­cited Min­is­ter Vi­lakati said when asked to re­act to his ap­point­ment. Vi­lakati who was the Min­is­ter o f Agri­cul­ture in the 10th Par­lia­ment said he was ready to serve the na­tion once again. He said what is im­por­tant is to leave a mark when­ever an in­di­vid­ual was as­signed on cer­tain du­ties. “My be­lief is that you must al­ways leave a mark for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Eswa­tini. I think what is crit­i­cal is to serve the in­ter­est of the peo­ple as his Majesty wants job cre­ations,” Min­is­ter Vi­lakati ex­panded. When asked about his new port­fo­lio, Min­is­ter Vi­lakati said some coun­tries have sus­tained them­selves through tourism. He went on to state that his min­istry has to work harder so that the coun­try be­comes a des­ti­na­tion of choice. He raised im­por­tance of hav­ing more fes­ti­vals like Bush Fire which would bring more tourists in the coun­try. He talked about cre­at­ing an­other mas­sive event which would bring around 20 000 tourists like the Bush Fire. Min­is­ter Vi­lakati said by cre­at­ing more events em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties would be cre­ated as rel­e­vant stakeholders would need to re­cruit more peo­ple. How­ever, he stated that he was yet to meet with his of­fi­cers to de­lib­er­ate fu­ture plans. Vi­lakati is Nton­dozi Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Jab­u­lani ‘Buy Cash’ Mabuza “Muhle Jesu,” Min­is­ter Mabuza said when an­swer­ing his phone. When asked to re­act to his ap­point­ment, Min­is­ter Mabuza said he was grate­ful to Their Majesties for the ap­point­ment. He stated that what was more im­por­tant was to as­sist His Majesty King Mswati III and the na­tion to achieve vi­sion 2022. Mabuza went on to thank God. He de­clined to com­ment any fur­ther stat­ing that it was too early to get into what he would like to im­ple­ment in the min­istry. Mabuza is Pigg’s Peak’s Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Thuli Dladla Min­is­ter Dladla said she was still shocked by the ap­point­ment. “I’m still shocked that Their Majesties have trusted me so much. My whole body shook; I want to rest,” the Min­is­ter said. She em­pha­sised that she was not in po­si­tion to make a de­tailed com­ment as the news were still fresh. She needed to com­pose her­self. She was the Chair­per­son of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) in the 10th Par­lia­ment. Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­ergy Peter Bhembe Min­is­ter Bhembe when called yes­ter­day at around 16:02 pm said he was not aware of the ap­point­ment. How­ever, he thanked Their Majesties for trust­ing him to lead the min­istry. Bhembe is for­mer Eswa­tini Wa­ter Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (EWSC) Manag­ing Di­rec­tor (MD). Last Satur­day he told Sibaya how at one point he re­jected a E20 mil­lion bribe from a po­ten­tial ser­vice provider of the paras­tatal he served for years. Min­is­ter of Tinkhundla Ad­min­is­tra­tion and De­vel­op­ment David Ng­cam­pha­lala “I’ve just re­ceived the news as I was driv­ing. I am still shocked all I can say is that Bayethe, wena waphakathi wenu Ngangez­intaba. I’ll com­ment fur­ther on an­other day as I’m still shocked, I’m strug­gling to even drive as I’m in shock,” Min­is­ter Ng­cam­pha­lala said when asked to re­act to his ap­point­ment. Min­is­ter of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity - Makhosi Vi­lakati “I can only say Bayethe, we­nawaphakathi. Thank you,” Min­is­ter Vi­lakati said. He de­clined to make a de­tailed com­ment stat­ing that he would do so in the fu­ture. Vi­lakati is a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Lam­gabhi Inkhundla. He is also the founder of Makhosi C Vi­lakati At­tor­neys. Min­is­ter of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade Man­qoba Khu­malo “Bayethe, we­nawaphakathi. I’m hum­bled, I’m also very en­er­gised by this ap­point­ment,” Min­is­ter Khu­malo said when re­act­ing to his ap­point­ment. He con­tin­ued to state that he be­lieved that there was no time to waste but to start im­ple­ment­ing and ex­e­cut­ing ideas shared dur­ing Sibaya. He also promised to serve the na­tion and fur­ther hope to get sup­port. Min­is­ter Khu­malo sang praises to Their Majesties for his ap­point­ment Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Neal Ri­jken­berg “Bayethe Wena WaPhakathi!” said Ri­jken­berg. The Mon­tigny Group of Com­pa­nies Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer said he wished to thank Their Majesties and His Ex­cel­lency, the Prime Min­is­ter, for this op­por­tu­nity to serve the Na­tion. He con­tended that there is a great task ahead of this ad­min­is­tra­tion and he is hum­bled to do his part, by God’s grace. NB Ef­forts to get com­ments from Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Lady Howard Mabuza were fu­tile as her phone for nu­mer­ous times rang unan­swered. When called later on, it was no longer avail­able. On an­other hand, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Chief Nd­laluh­laza Nd­wandwe when called he sent a mes­sage stat­ing that he was in a meet­ing. Also not an­swer­ing her call was the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Pho­lile Shakantu (nee Dlamini).

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