Make us dream again

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the jig­saw is now com­plete. We have the prime min­is­ter. And he has picked his team. We have a govern­ment, fi­nally.

It has been a roller­coaster process to get where we are now, the cli­max undis­put­edly be­ing the curved ball thrown by His Majesty the King when choos­ing the can­di­date to lead govern­ment. Tongues have wagged, half-truths spread and hope­fuls have had their hearts crushed. This beau­ti­ful coun­try of ours has served quite a script over the past two months, that has fi­nally con­cluded in the ap­point­ment of a well-re­ceived team of Cab­i­net min­is­ters.

Ev­ery­one is now wax­ing lyri­cal about the good blend of char­ac­ter and ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as youth, en­ergy and lead­er­ship cre­den­tials. The vi­sion is very clear; the task at hand couldn’t be harder, but this Cab­i­net ap­pears care­fully picked to deal with the cri­sis that is at hand. It rep­re­sents the par­a­digm shift that is needed, es­pe­cially when con­sid­er­ing the in­flu­ence of pri­vate sec­tor that most of the min­is­ters will bring to the ta­ble.

From the choice of prime min­is­ter down to the youngest min­is­ter—fit­tingly in a port­fo­lio that needs some­one ar­tic­u­late in all things in­no­va­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions—to the ap­point­ment of Pho­lile Shakantu at the min­istry of jus­tice, we have a team ca­pa­ble of steer­ing this coun­try into the di­rec­tion it had veered from.

This Cab­i­net oozes fresh­ness and en­ergy. It has the cre­den­tials needed to give con­fi­dence to the pub­lic. It is filled with in­di­vid­u­als we know we can hold to ac­count, some­thing that has al­ways proved to be an Achilles heel for one too many politi­cians, think­ing they are not an­swer­able to the peo­ple.

One of the most im­por­tant points about the man­ner the prime min­is­ter was cho­sen this time around is that he is a prod­uct of the peo­ple, hav­ing been cho­sen in a process that has in­cluded the in­volve­ment of the peo­ple at Sibaya. The PM there­fore is to be held ac­count­able by the peo­ple, and should re­spect their wishes.

It is why the move by Ing­wenyama has been hailed as a mas­ter­stroke, be­cause so of­ten there has been grum­blings about prime min­is­ters think­ing they are ac­count­able only to the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity.

This is the foun­da­tion that has been laid to make all those who have been called to serve this beau­ti­ful na­tion to be self­less as they go about their task of steer­ing the boat to a safe and beau­ti­ful har­bour.

But, we must keep in mind, and these min­is­ters should too, that the names won’t mat­ter much if there won’t be ser­vice de­liv­ery. Names alone don’t do the job. Swazis are hun­gry for ef­fi­cient ser­vice, and for poli­cies that are peo­ple-cen­tred, as well as a turn­around in at­ti­tude so that when the govern­ment says it does not have money, we can all be­lieve it.

It is in that spirit that we are ex­cited about this Cab­i­net, and are hope­ful that it will get the job done.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of you—here’s to a change of for­tune for Eswa­tini!

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