LOBAMBA: Sive Siyinqaba, Sibahle Sinje, a political party linked to powerful Member of Parliament Marwick Khumalo believes the time has come for the country to embrace multi-party democracy.
The political party that was established as a cultural organization enjoys membership within the royal family, Parliament, the public and private sector among others. Speaking to this Swaziland News in an interview , Sive Siyinqaba Chairman Musa Nkambule said time has come for the country to adopt multi-party democracy as the Tinkhundla system of governance has failed to transform the lives of the people. The former Tourism Minister said at the moment, eSwatini does not have a government that belongs to the people and emphasised the need to establish people’s government through legitimate elections that would allow political parties to contest.
“Sive Siyinqaba holds the view that we do not have a people’s government at the moment in the country, hence we are calling for a new system of governance that embrace multiparty democracy. Tinkhundla has failed us and we are thirsty for multiparty democracy which we believe will transform us to a new political environment of transparency and good governance,” Nkambule said.
But Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, the former Health Minister said Sibahle Sinje was off-side as Tinkhundla remains the best political system in the world.
“I wish to tell the world and Swazis that our Tinkhudla political system is the finest in the world. All the countries of the world would do justice and copy from us and put in place Tinkhundla system in their countries. The system is the best as we elect MPs directly from our communities.” She said
MP Marwick Khumalo, the Secretary General of Sive Siyinqaba could not comment on the matter, efforts to reach him proved unsuccesful. But Pius Vilakati, the Communist Party of Swaziland(CPS) Information and Publicity Officer welcomed Sibahle Sinje position on the Tinkhundla system.
“The view of the Communist Party of Swaziland is that the Tinkhundla system was a non-starter from inception.,it was never destined to succeed at any point. It is thus important for movements such as Sibahle Sinje to understand that the Tinkhundla system was a system which was created to serve the interest of the Monarchy” he said.
Eswatini Government spokesperson Percy Simelane was quoted saying everything was well in the tiny kingdom. “Eswatini has a Constitution which spells out in no uncertain terms the destiny of this great nation. Until it is amended we shall have an unavoidable duty to defend it.The Constitution is a sum aspirations of the Nation on its Governance. There is no political piracy about the Tinkhundla System of governance because it is reviewed after very five years and endorsed by the highest decision making institution in the country (Sibaya) the Peoples’ Parliament.
Reached for comments, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) challenged Sibahle Sinje on their new political ambitions. “PUDEMO made it clear 36 years ago that Swazis need a Constitutional system of governance. It\'s surprising that Sibahle Sinje has seen this after such a longtime. We must remember that Sibahle Sinje and SWADEPA legislators helped King Mswati to buy two jets and further approved over E1 billion budget for the Monarchy. They never protested or walked out of Parliament to show they were against this royal looting. Now such darlings of the King are now calling themselves democracy movements,we challenge them to prove to the millions of suffering Swazis that their quest for democracy is genuine.?” explained Dludlu.
President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress, Sibongile Mazibuko said the Tinkhundla system of governance gives all political powers to the King.
“It gives all power to one man who then use it to manipulate us. We rely heavily on a Cabinet that has no mandate to think but simply implement decisions from one source” she said.
MP Marwick Khumalo