PM, please in­ves­ti­gate how pre­vi­ous govt op­er­ated - Unions

...The unions want the Am­brose Mand­vulo Dlamini’s gov­ern­ment to get to the bot­tom of how Pea­cock Trans­port got to be paid

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Fol­low­ing a story that was bro­ken by our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion, the Swazi Ob­server, re­veal­ing how three chil­dren of de­ceased for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Sibu­siso Barnabas Dlamini re­ceived up to E8mil­lion through their com­pany, Pea­cock Trans­port PTY) LTD, sub­con­tract­ing un­der Kukhanya Civil Con­trac­tors in 2014.

Lo­cal labour unions have called the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate how the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment con­ducted its op­er­a­tions.

The unions want the Am­brose Mand­vulo Dlamini’s gov­ern­ment to get to the bot­tom of how Pea­cock Trans­port got to be paid when other com­pa­nies that were also in­volved in the same project were never paid, re­sult­ing in the con­struc­tion of the road be­ing halted.

Aubrey Sibiya of the Na­tional Pub­lic Ser­vices and Al­lied Work­ers Union said he was cur­rently out of the coun­try and had not read the story.

He, how­ever, still had some­thing to say on the mat­ter.

“It could be shock­ing news if that is the case. We have said it be­fore that the past gov­ern­ment led the econ­omy of the coun­try to dol­drums. Take for in­stance, the land is­sue of the late PM. Loot­ing was high dur­ing the era of the late PM.

“How can you in­volve your chil­dren in gov­ern­ment ten­ders? We’re also not sure if there was any fair­ness when Pea­cock was awarded the ten­der,” he said.

Sibiya said the coun­try’s money was looted by the peo­ple in the ech­e­lons of power in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment. He, how­ever, did not men­tion any names.

“We’re ask­ing the new par­lia­ment, headed by Prime Min­is­ter Am­brose Dlamini, to in­ves­ti­gate the rot that oc­curred in the past gov­ern­ment. Se­ri­ously, some peo­ple have to be held ac­count­able,” he said.

Bheki Mamba, the Pres­i­dent of Demo­cratic Nurses Union, shared the same sen­ti­ments.

“That ten­der of Nh­langano- Si­cunusa Road was marred by con­tro­versy. We know that money was re­leased and ap­proved for the project. Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t know where that money was utilised. It’s a pity that the road is still in­com­plete and now pos­ing a se­ri­ous dan­ger to mo­torists,” he said.

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