NEWLY APPOINTED MINISTER’S REACTIONS
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).