WORK DELAYED BY CABINET MINISTERS BOYCOTT
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.