Fired minister Gideon once tipped for PM post
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.”
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.