Mfomfo runs for Speaker’s post
FORMER Minister Mfomfo Nkambule wants to be Speaker of the House of Assembly. He is contesting against former Speaker Prince Guduza, and Mangcongco MP Patrick ‘Pha’ Motsa.
FORMER Minister Mfomfo Nkambule wants to be Speaker of the House of Assembly.
He is contesting against former Speaker Prince Guduza, and Mangcongco MP Patrick ‘Pha’ Motsa.
The three declared their interest for the position when they were given a platform to make presentations before the Members of Parliament yesterday, in a bid to convince them for votes.
During their first sitting, MPs have a duty to elect a Speaker of the House.
Section 102 (1) of the Constitution says: “When the House of Assembly first meets after any general election and before it proceeds to the dispatch of any other business, it shall elect a person from within or outside the House to be the Speaker of the House of Assembly, in accordance with the Standing Orders.”
On Monday during their orientation workshop MPs suggested that they would like to have the candidates present themselves so that they get to know who they are, something that would help them make a wise decision with voting.
The requirements for the Speaker’s position according to the Constitution and the Standing Orders are that the person should have experience on parliamentary procedures and processes. On their first sitting, MPs are expected to elect the Speaker and then proceed to elect the10 senators.
Section 102 (3) of the Constitution states that “A person shall not be elected Speaker of the House unless that person has some parliamentary experience and is otherwise able to maintain order in the House and properly guide the members of the House in the discharge of the business of the House in terms of the Standing Orders.”
Esther wants to retain deputy position
MBABANE East MP Esther Dlamini is the only candidate that has revealed interest in taking the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Being the only female elected MP, she was again the only woman standing for the Deputy Speaker position. She was Deputy Speaker during the 2008/13 term of Parliament. Since the election will be done in the House, there is still room for others to contest. Clerk to Parliament Ndvuna Dlamini said the door was still open for other interested candidates. He said the preference is that if the Speaker position is occupied by a male, then the deputy should be female.
Serious lobbying for aspirant senators
SIBANE hotel was a very busy place yesterday as candidates vying for election into Senate filled the premises to lobby MPs for their votes.
They came from all walks of life and they included the academia, youth and disability groups.
Executive Secretary of the Teaching Services Commission (TSC) Mduduzi Nkambule is among the candidates that are campaigning for senate election.
Former Senators Ngom’yayona Gamedze, Nelsiwe Shongwe, Thandi Shongwe, Bomber Mtsetfwa were also at the scene.
Young Women’s Network National Co-ordinator Hleli Luhlanga was also seen mingling with the MPs.
MPs are supposed to elect 10 people into senate. This would be done after the election of the Speaker.
New MPs want to know first pay day
SOME MPs are already curious as to when they would receive their first salary.
Mkhiweni MP Gideon Dlamini asked Clerk to Parliament Ndvuna Dlamini yesterday as to when they would start getting paid.
He asked this after MPs were informed of certain documents that they needed to submit to the human resource department of Parliament for purposes of processing their salaries.
The clerk explained that they could only start submitting the documents after they have been sworn in.
However, he did not want to come with a straight answer regarding the salaries.
He only informed them that according to the Constitution, the recently dissolved Parliament is still in office and would be paid salaries until end of this month. He said he was still to consult.
Mfomfo Nkambule: He said as a leader of the House, the Speaker must be able to direct the House and see to it that the desires of the authorities and the nation at large are satisfied. He said respect is the most important attribute of the Speaker and that person must be able to understand that some of the MPs are appointed by the authorities and must be able to balance that up. He said as a Speaker, he has the duty to protect other MPs and ministers while also ensuring that debates are in order. He said he believed that as a leader, one needs to take advice from others in order to gain wisdom. He said as Speaker, he would listen and take advice from the MPs. He said another thing that would make him a good Speaker is that he knows what is required. “Like a child who received a beating, I know the right thing to do,” he said.
n Appointed MP during the 1998-2003 term of Parliament
n Joined and won the election race in 2003-2008
n Served as minister for natural resources and energy
Patrick Pha Motsa: MP Patrick Motsa says he strongly believes that the three arms of government must co-operate and tolerate each other in order to achieve the vision of the government. He said with co-operation, there is a lot that can be achieved. He said MPs should become role models to the people who elected them and they must respect the authorities as well. He said his experience as an MP makes him a suitable candidate as he has knowledge of the parliamentary procedures and Standing Orders.
Parliamentary experience and Education:
n He is a Mechanical and Automotive Engineer
n Also did Business Management
n Human Resource Management
n He is the current Mangcongo Constituency MP.
n 1998-2003 Mangcogngco MP
n 2003-2008 elected Mangcongco MP
n Served as a member of the Board of Directors for Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA)
n Once a member of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) during one of his terms as MP
THE oversight role of Parliament causes conflict between the three arms of government, former Speaker Prince Guduza said yesterday.
He said Parliament has an oversight role to play over government but in his experience, that role has caused conflict among the three groups. Prince Guduza is the former Speaker of the recently dissolved Parliament.
He told the MPs yesterday that he is still available to offer his services as a Speaker of the House.
He said there is often conflict on separation of powers because at times there is a thin line separating the three and, usually there is conflict accompanied by grudges.
In his campaign for the seat yesterday, he gave a background of the role of the Speaker.
He described the Speaker as someone who bears the responsibility to oversee both the administration of Parliament as a whole as well as the House of Assembly, with the guidance of the Constitution and the Standing Orders.
On the administration side, Prince Guduza said Parliament needs to have qualified support staff in order to function effectively and also to assist MPs with their motions and reports.
He said it is under such circumstances that the Speaker must be able to stand firm on the law.
He said the Speaker, just like the rest of the MPs, has the duty to protect the Constitution and the Parliament Standing Orders and to ensure that separation of powers is adhered to.
“I am here to avail myself for the assignment.
“It is up to MPs to protect the dignity of the House. If you don’t do that, the House will be dragged into the mud,” he said.
Education and parliamentary experience
n Associate Degree in Chemistry from Vincennes University (USA)
n BA Chemistry/ Economics – Indiana State University (USA)
n 15 years of Parliamentary service
n 1993-1998 Senator
n 1996-1998 Minister for Home Affairs
n 1998 – 2000 Minister for Public Works and Transport
n 2001 – 2003 Minister for Economic Planning and Development
n 2003-2006 Swaziland Parliament Representative to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
n 2006 - 2008 Speaker of the House of Assembly
n 2008 Re-elected Speaker of the House of Assembly
n He is the former Speaker of the 2008-13 term of Parliament (10 years in senate and 5 years in Assembly)