Min­is­ter: In­cre­ments should stop

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Mbono Md­luli

AUS­TER­ITY mea­sures should con­tinue to be im­ple­mented in or­der for the econ­omy to fully re­cover.

This was said by Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Prince Sime­lane when ex­press­ing his view on what the coun­try should do in or­der to re­cover in eco­nomic terms.

Prince Sime­lane said he wished that peo­ple could un­der­stand that the coun­try was cur­rently un­der­go­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties and in­creas­ing salaries could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the econ­omy.

The prince started say­ing this last week at Mand­vulo Grand Hall in Lozitha. That was when leg­is­la­tors had gone there to meet His Majesty King Mswati III.

In­ter­ested

The King was also in­ter­ested in gather­ing opinions from the law­mak­ers on what the coun­try had to do in or­der to turn around the bad eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. The prince said peo­ple had to ad­just them­selves to suit the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic cir­cum­stances and ac­cept that work­ers would have to go for some years with­out any in­cre­ment in terms of pay­ment.

Prince Sime­lane was also called on Wed­nes­day and he main­tained his stand on what he sub­mit­ted at Mand­vulo. Prince Sime­lane said the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) ad­vised the coun­try to lay off some work­ers from the civil ser­vice be­cause it could not sus­tain them. How­ever, the King could not do so be­cause he was con­cerned that the un­em­ploy­ment rate would be high.

The King’s de­ci­sion came with con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter. The con­di­tions were that civil ser­vants would have to go for many years with­out any in­cre­ment, in or­der to try and fol­low the ad­vice of the IMF.

Pleaded

He pleaded with the work­ers to ad­just and live un­der the tough eco­nomic cir­cum­stances, hop­ing that the sit­u­a­tion would come to pass. Prince Sime­lane’s sen­ti­ments were shared by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM) Themba Masuku, in a sep­a­rate oc­ca­sion. Masuku met his staff mem­bers at his of­fices on Wed­nes­day

for in­tro­duc­tions so that he could get to know them and es­tab­lish a rap­port with them.

Masuku also pleaded with his work­ers to ad­just them­selves to suit the pre­vail­ing tough eco­nomic cir­cum­stances for the coun­try. He told them that in life, there were good and bad cir­cum­stances, which called for ev­ery­one to ad­just to suit what­ever cir­cum­stances.

He told the work­ers that he un­der­stood that ev­ery per­son wanted money, but money should not be the pri­or­ity. He said the rea­son why his work­ers were at work should be to serve the peo­ple, rather than pri­ori­tis­ing money and sta­tus of work­ing at DPMO.

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