Give us our hand­shake - former politi­cians

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta

FORMER politi­cians who served in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment (2013/2018) are ea­gerly wait­ing to know when they will re­ceive their hand­shake, be­ing ex-gra­tia pay­ment.

Some of the ex-politi­cians said they were al­ready feel­ing the pinch of be­ing broke fol­low­ing that they re­ceived their last pay in Oc­to­ber. Oth­ers said they were in­ter­ested to know the ex­act date on when they would re­ceive their gra­tu­ity and stated that any de­lay could jeop­ar­dise their plans.

One of the politi­cians who served as Ind­vuna Yenkhundla said they were now frus­trated as they had not re­ceived an up­date from gov­ern­ment on when they would re­ceive their hand­shake.

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“We des­per­ately need the money as we have big plans on how to utilise it go­ing for­ward. As peo­ple who are no longer in of­fice, we want to ac­tively en­gage in per­sonal pro­jects that will sus­tain us and our fam­i­lies. We don’t want to look like beg­gars but wish to em­power our­selves and this will only hap­pen once we get our ex­gra­tia pay­ments. It’s our money any­way, we worked for it and we de­serve it.

We just don’t un­der­stand what is caus­ing the de­lay,” said the former Ind­vuna Yenkhundla.

Oth­ers said they were hop­ing to re­ceive their ex-gra­tia pay­ment shortly after the lapse of their term of of­fice.

“We are nurs­ing hopes that we will soon get the money. We also plan to in­vest this money and some of us have long de­cided on how to utilise it go­ing for­ward. We have even planned to part­ner with other peo­ple in start­ing pro­jects. It’s im­pos­si­ble, how­ever, to be part of any project if you don’t have the money at hand.

You can­not be en­gaged in any joint ven­ture project if you don’t have the money to con­trib­ute in it. Let us not be frus­trated on what we feel rightly be­longs to us,” said an­other former politi­cian.

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