MP DE­SERVES TO BE REP­RI­MANDED

Sunday Observer - - NEWS -

It ap­pears as though Mba­bane West Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Jo­hane Shongwe is not out of the woods yet, even if he says that he has done what should put the mat­ter to rest. The Prime Min­is­ter Dr Sibu­siso Dlamini and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral (AG) Si­fiso Khu­malo have both said that the MP was wrong and should be rep­ri­manded for his act.

De­spite that the leg­is­la­tor and his col­leagues see noth­ing wrong with what Shongwe did as they said on Thurs­day that it is not an is­sue and were will­ing to jus­tify it; the AG and the prime min­is­ter have made it clear that such be­hav­iour is un­called for and the MP should be cas­ti­gated.

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral on Wed­nes­day said what Shongwe did was un­eth­i­cal. Khu­malo said such be­hav­iour was un­called for and not ex­pected from an MP.

“I be­lieve that the speaker rep­ri­manded him, what he did was un­eth­i­cal”.

Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were shared by the DPM yes­ter­day who said though it has been al­most two weeks since the in­ci­dent, he was still shocked by what the leg­is­la­tor did. Dlamini said he was still in the dark why Shongwe did such, say­ing he did not ex­pect some­one rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple to be­have in this man­ner.

Ear­lier in the week, the Prime Min­is­ter Dr Sibu­siso Dlamini made it clear to the speaker in a tele­phonic con­ver­sa­tion on Thurs­day that he wanted Shongwe to be dealt with for tear­ing his state­ment which was pre­sented by the DPM who was the act­ing prime min­is­ter at the time. The prime min­is­ter said this was one of the con­di­tions for him and his Cabi­net to re­turn to the House they had boy­cotted since last week Wed­nes­day. Con­se­quently, when the Cabi­net ended the boy­cott and showed up in Par­lia­ment the speaker, wear­ing his chair­per­son ti­tle, re­quested Shongwe to show re­morse to the House by with­draw­ing what­ever words he said dur­ing the de­bate last week and apol­o­gise, which he never did save to jus­tify his acts.

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