Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Si­mon Sha­bangu

MKHIWENI Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Michael Ndle­leni Ma­suku has urged gov­ern­ment to con­sider de­cen­tral­is­ing fac­tory shells in or­der to cre­ate jobs for the peo­ple in re­mote ru­ral ar­eas.

He was speak­ing at Mco­zini High School dur­ing a thanks­giv­ing cer­e­mony he had hosted for res­i­dents of the con­stituency. He was ap­pre­ci­at­ing them for en­trust­ing him with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of rep­re­sent­ing them in Par­lia­ment.

The busi­ness­man, who runs a chain of eater­ies trad­ing as Ndle­layekuphila, said the high rate of un­em­ploy­ment could de­crease if the peo­ple could be em­ployed in fac­to­ries within their com­mu­ni­ties. "I urge the min­is­ter of com­merce, in­dus­try and trade and MPs to sup­port the idea of build­ing shells in ru­ral ar­eas. I am sure this can help in re­viv­ing the ail­ing econ­omy, es­pe­cially be­cause peo­ple will now be able to start small busi­nesses and trade with the peo­ple work­ing in the fac­tory shells. It will also help to de­velop the homes around be­cause the peo­ple will spend the money in their re­spec­tive homes be­cause they will be stay­ing here," he added. As a way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing the elec­torate, Ma­suku brought food ham­pers for 35 el­derly and des­ti­tute peo­ple from the five dif­fer­ent chief­doms un­der the con­stituency.

The MP also pledged to take fu­neral cov­ers for 250 el­derly peo­ple from all the five chief­doms, mean­ing 50 peo­ple will ben­e­fit from each chief­dom. Ma­suku fur­ther pledged two tents and a ve­hi­cle for use dur­ing fu­ner­als for des­ti­tute fam­i­lies. He said the tents would be kept at a cen­tral place where the peo­ple would ac­cess them in times of need. He stressed that all this was for de­serv­ing fam­i­lies not peo­ple who can af­ford.

Ma­suku as­sured the res­i­dents that he would de­liver on all his prom­ises. “I am one per­son who sticks to his prom­ises, what have been promised to you, will be ful­filled. This is my spe­cial way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing the peo­ple for elect­ing and en­trust­ing me to this task which I hope to carry out suc­cess­fully,” he said.

It was a fun filled day for at­ten­dants as they were also treated to good food and en­ter­tain­ment ren­dered by a num­ber of artists; in­clud­ing The Catholic Heav­enly Voices Choir, Nonhle Mthethwa and Zameya Soul Brothers. Cul­tural groups from the area also dished out en­ter­tain­ment.

PLEADS: Mkhiweni MP Michael Ndle­leni Ma­suku.

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