My first years were tough – Themba

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Speaker Themba Msibi has con­fessed that his first two years in of­fice were tough. “My elec­tion, even though it was not op­posed, did not re­sult in over­whelm­ing ac­cep­tance. Some MPs made it their job to en­sure that I did not last. Votes of no con­fi­dence were tried, in­clud­ing a Se­lect Com­mit­tee which looked into my con­duct.

“Such ac­tiv­i­ties con­sumed a lot of our time and dis­tracted us from fo­cus­ing on our main man­date. We learnt mid­way in our term that it was in our best in­ter­est and that of the coun­try to co­op­er­ate.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that a lot has not been go­ing for us. When we were up to the task and needed to work as Par­lia­ment, we found our­selves con­fronted with the sit­u­a­tion where our Ex­ec­u­tive was not co­op­er­at­ing. They were not show­ing up for Par­lia­ment busi­ness and what we wanted dis­charged was not done.

“We now find our­selves hav­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the kind of eco­nomic slump we are in. As Par­lia­ment, we should have done more, even though it is tough with­out the full co­op­er­a­tion of the Ex­ec­u­tive (Cab­i­net),” Msibi said.

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