Elected MPs less than half in Cab­i­net

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Mbono Md­luli

LESS than half of the Cab­i­net min­is­ters are di­rectly elected from the con­stituen­cies.

This is much against the con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion, which calls for at least half of the min­is­ters to be those that were elected from the con­stituen­cies. Sec­tion 67 (3) says, “At least half the num­ber of min­is­ters shall be ap­pointed from among the elected mem­bers of the House.”

The ob­tain­ing sit­u­a­tion at Cab­i­net is that only eight of the 20 mem­bers of the Cab­i­net were elected di­rectly from the peo­ple. This means the elected mem­bers of the Cab­i­net ac­count for only 40 per cent of the en­tire Cab­i­net team. Even if Prime Min­is­ter Am­brose Mand­vulo Dlamini and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM) Themba Nh­langan­iso Masuku were not to be con­sid­ered as min­is­ters, the sit­u­a­tion would still be the same. The elected min­is­ters would still not form half of the Cab­i­net team.

The re­moval of the two would bring the num­ber of Cab­i­net min­is­ters to 18. This would then call for at least nine min­is­ters to form part of the Cab­i­net min­is­ters. With eight of the elected min­is­ters be­ing part of the Cab­i­net, it shows that still, the num­ber of elected min­is­ters does not form part of the Cab­i­net.

Among the Cab­i­net min­is­ters, six se­na­tors have been ap­pointed. One of the se­na­tors has been the one elected by MPs. This is Min­is­ter for Health Lizzy Nkosi. Other se­na­tors ap­pointed in­clude DPM Themba Ma­susku, Man­coba Khu­malo (Com­merce, In­dus­try and Trade), Princess Sikhany­iso (ICT), Peter Bhembe (Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­ergy), and Thuli Dladla (Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing).

Ap­pointed The num­ber of MPs mak­ing up the Cab­i­net team is 14, in­clud­ing the prime min­is­ter, who is also an MP. Half of the ap­pointed MPs also made it to the Cab­i­net. They in­clude Min­is­ters Neal Ri­jken­berg (Fi­nance), Pho­lile Shakantu (Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs), Chief Nd­laluh­laza Nd­wandwe (Pub­lic Works and Trans­port), Prince Sime­lane (Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment), and Princess Lindiwe (Home Af­fairs).

This shows that the Cab­i­net is formed of leg­is­la­tors from both cham­bers of Par­lia­ment. This is in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 67 (2) of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which says, “The King shall ap­point min­is­ters from both cham­bers of Par­lia­ment on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter”

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