Make us dream again
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!