Fired min­is­ter Gideon once tipped for PM post

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He was re­lieved from his po­si­tion un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances with­out his name be­ing men­tioned, how­ever, the Prime Min­is­ter Sibu­siso Dlamini re­calls that Gideon Dlamini was once touted con­tender for the po­si­tion he was ap­pointed into for the sec­ond time in 1998.

He re­calls how even though he had no ar­gu­ment about his pos­si­ble re­place­ment, “…there were enough politi­cians nip­ping on his heels driven by their own agen­das.” Con­tin­u­ing, he states; “So while the ‘se­ri­ous money’ was on my reap­point­ment, there were former Am­bas­sador Ma­then­dele Dlamini, Gideon Dlamini…all of whom were men­tioned pub­licly as pos­si­ble can­di­dates for the job.”

Con­flict

The former min­is­ter was fired by the PM in Oc­to­ber 2016 dur­ing the height of con­flict at the Swazi­land In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Au­thor­ity (SIPA) which saw ac­cu­sa­tions flare, re­sult­ing in the res­ig­na­tion of sev­eral man­agers. While SIPA’s prob­lems raged, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of for­eign do­na­tions im­pli­cated the min­is­ter but he was never pros­e­cuted by a com­pe­tent court of law.

Of note, when Gideon was re­lieved of his du­ties, not only was his name not men­tioned by the PM, rea­sons for his be­ing sent home were not for­warded.

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