MP DESERVES TO BE REPRIMANDED
It appears as though Mbabane West Member of Parliament Johane Shongwe is not out of the woods yet, even if he says that he has done what should put the matter to rest. The Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Dlamini and the Attorney General (AG) Sifiso Khumalo have both said that the MP was wrong and should be reprimanded for his act.
Despite that the legislator and his colleagues see nothing wrong with what Shongwe did as they said on Thursday that it is not an issue and were willing to justify it; the AG and the prime minister have made it clear that such behaviour is uncalled for and the MP should be castigated.
The Attorney General on Wednesday said what Shongwe did was unethical. Khumalo said such behaviour was uncalled for and not expected from an MP.
“I believe that the speaker reprimanded him, what he did was unethical”.
Similar sentiments were shared by the DPM yesterday who said though it has been almost two weeks since the incident, he was still shocked by what the legislator did. Dlamini said he was still in the dark why Shongwe did such, saying he did not expect someone representing people to behave in this manner.
Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Dlamini made it clear to the speaker in a telephonic conversation on Thursday that he wanted Shongwe to be dealt with for tearing his statement which was presented by the DPM who was the acting prime minister at the time. The prime minister said this was one of the conditions for him and his Cabinet to return to the House they had boycotted since last week Wednesday. Consequently, when the Cabinet ended the boycott and showed up in Parliament the speaker, wearing his chairperson title, requested Shongwe to show remorse to the House by withdrawing whatever words he said during the debate last week and apologise, which he never did save to justify his acts.