The boy­cott lodged by the Cabi­net min­is­ters against the House of Assem­bly may have re­sulted in work pil­ing up. The Cabi­net boy­cott started last Wed­nes­day and ended this past Fri­day. The bone of con­tention was that the Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MP) kicked out the Cabi­net min­is­ters to work on how they could source funds for pay­ing el­derly peo­ple who had turned 60 years from April un­til now. The other is­sue was that the Cabi­net was to ad­dress the Pha­lala Fund.

On the or­der paper for Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, 2017 was the Min­is­te­rial State­ment by the Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs Princess Tsandzile while the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Martin Dlamini was to ta­ble the mid-year bud­get re­view state­ment for 2016/2017 fis­cal year.

Other or­ders of the day were Gov­ern­ment Bills which in­clude the Probase Swazi­land (Up­grad­ing of Un­paved Roads) Loan Bill, 2017 (Bill No. 18 of 2017 first read­ing which was to be pre­sented by the min­is­ter of fi­nance. The same min­is­ter was to also to present the WBHO-AG Thomas joint ven­ture ( Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing of MR16 (Lukhula –Big-Bend) Road and MRZ (Lonhlupheko –Siteki) Pub­lic –Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Bill 2017 Bill No.23 of 2017 first read­ing). This was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ur­gency. The Min­is­ter of Fi­nance is Martin Dlamini.

Bills that were to be pre­sented by the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Edgar Hil­lary were the elec­tion of women mem­bers to the House of Assem­bly Bill No. 19 of 2017 sec­ond read­ing. He was also to ta­ble the elec­tion of Women Mem­bers to the House of Assem­bly Bill 2017, Bill No. 19 of the whole House of Assem­blyread­ing and the Elec­tion of Women Mem­bers to the House of Assem­bly Bill, 2017, Bill No. 19 of 2017 third read­ing. Un­der the same min­istry, the House was to adopt the Court (Re­mote Par­tic­i­pa­tion) Bill, Bill No. 11 of 2016 and the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Bill, Bill No.5 of 2016.

An­other busi­ness for the day was the adop­tion of a port­fo­lio com­mit­tee re­port. The mover, MP James Sime­lane sec­onded by MP Jo­hane Shongwe wanted to move that the House adopts the re­port of the deputy prime min­is­ter’s of­fice re­port the port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee for the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Paul Dlamini’s of­fice on the per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties Bill, No 19 of 2015. On the un­der hand, the House was also ex­pected to adopt port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee re­port of the Assem­bly Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee of the Min­istry of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade on the Swazi­land In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Tri­bunal Bill, Bill No. 1 of 2015.

Un­der the same min­istry it was to adopt the re­port of the Assem­bly Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee Patents Bill, Bill No. 6 of 2015. It was also ex­pected to adopt the re­port of the Assem­bly Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee, the Trade­marks (Amend­ment) Bill, Bill No. 2 of 2015. Head­ing this min­istry is Jab­u­lani Mabuza.

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