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Mi ni s t e r of I nf or ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) Princess Sikhany­iso has cas­ti­gated the coun­try’s tax laws, say­ing they were de­signed to make Emaswati poorer.

She is quoted as hav­ing said as a re­sult the coun­try was de­pended on mak­ing money through tax­ing the peo­ple in­stead of re­view­ing the laws that sti­fled for­eign in­vest­ments.

“Live aliyakhe imali kod­vwa hhayi nge­maSwati,”

the vi­va­cious princess is quoted in the Times of Swazi­land.

I couldn’t agree more with Inkhosa­tana’s

state­ment and as­ser­tion on the is­sue of the coun­try’s tax laws.

All I can say is Princess Sikhany­iso seems to be win­ning the hearts of Emaswati with ev­ery pub­lic state­ment she makes since her mind-blow­ing pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore His Majesty the King dur­ing the re­cent Sibaya (Peo­ple’s Parliament).

One thing about her state­ments is that she speaks with so much un­der­stand­ing and con­vic­tion, which con­vinces you that she is not just speak­ing to make right noises.

She per­fectly ar­tic­u­lates and sup­ports all the ar­gu­ments she brings about for the pub­lic to un­der­stand.

For you own in­for­ma­tion Mnt­fwa­nenkhosi, some of us have been say­ing this for as long as we have been writ­ing, and thank­fully, this is now be­ing echoed by the right peo­ple in right po­si­tions.

In fact, the ink has run dry while ar­tic­u­lat­ing the same sub­ject you have just spo­ken about – with­out much suc­cess shall I has­ten to add. So, for your sake and ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one I have de­cided to re­pub­lish one of the many ar­ti­cles I have writ­ten be­fore on the is­sue of tax.

I know Inkhosa­tana went fur­ther even ques­tion­ing the is­sue of de­mand­ing tax from some of the com­pa­nies that gov­ern­ment owes. She also touched on the tax­a­tion of do­na­tions made by for­eign or­gan­i­sa­tions and churches.

She chal­lenged gov­ern­ment to iden­tify eco­nomic devel­op­ment projects to help boost the econ­omy.

I have no doubt that new Minister of Fi­nance Neal Ri­jken­berg has heard the princess loud and clear and we ex­pect a new Bill propos­ing tax changes. Over to you Sir!

Read the ar­ti­cle be­low which was pub­lished on March 16, 2018 af­ter then minister of fi­nance an­nounced pro­posed new tax laws.

Minister of In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) Princess Sikhany­iso.

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