Substance translated to bribes in elections – Poppy Khoza
Aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) Poppy Khoza who was nominated by MPs to stand for the Hhohho region in the election of women into parliament on Thursday is worried that substance has been translated to bribery in the country’s elections.
Speaking at Sibane Hotel yesterday, Khoza highlighted that it was always going to be a tough race for women to win seats in parliament as the use of money to win has hijacked the national process. She says the talk about people bribing their way into the August House has spoilt the national exercise in such a way that people of substance including women fail to win if they do not have money.
Khoza further congratulated the only two women that managed to win seats during the elections, Thandi Maziya (Manzini South) and Lady Howard Mabuza (Mafutseni) for their triumph.
“It was a very tough race. I am happy that we also have Lizzie Nkosi in parliament who in her previous work has been promoting issues of women and children. She has worked in the country and overseas.
We’re proud of our entire women parliament, elected and appointed,” she said.
Magareth Thwala, on the other hand, also sounded worried that despite the vigorous campaign during the vote for women campaign, only two women out of 59 parliamentarians were elected. In both houses combined, she pointed out that it will be 21 women against 78 men.
When women are a minority on issues that affect them then it means their wellbeing will not be looked after.
This then has a negative effect on a country’s development aspirations. Women leadership is also vital in attaining the SDGs and gender equality is an integral part of the SDGs. SDGs are all inclusive hence it is important that women have a notable role to play in advancing them,” she stated.
WOMEN POWER: These are some of the women that continue to contribute to Eswatini society on the left is Sylvia Mthethwa.
ASPIRANT: Aspiring MP Poppy Khoza also had something to say during the launch.