Sub­stance trans­lated to bribes in elec­tions – Poppy Khoza

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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