Secret plot to establish National Intelligence Agency



BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

MBABANE: Senior Intelligence Officers have questioned the motive of former National Commissioner of Police Senator Isaac Magagula who is allegedly pushing for the establishment of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and or the Ministry of Police and Security.

The NIA, in other countries deals with State Security including Military Intelligence that is handled by the Defense in collaboration with the other security forces being the Police and Correctional Services. The Swaziland News for Investigative Journalism gathered information that on or around November 2018 shortly after the announcement of the current Cabinet, Senator Isaac Magagula tried to seek an appointment with Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini to convince him with regards to the establishment of the NIA and or the Ministry of Police and State Security. When reached for comments, the former Police Chief denied the allegations, saying he was not prepared to even respond to question that touch on the police service, as he was no longer the National Commissioner. He wondered why this reporter was even pursuing such matters when he knew that he was no longer the head of the organization.

“I am not aware of the motive to establish the National Intelligence Agency. You are even using the word “motive” do you know how serious that mean when you say someone has a motive?” he said.

But Government Spokesperson Percy Simelane when reached for comments became diplomatic when responding on the matter. He said the National Intelligence Agency has been a norm in the SADC region for sometime now, however, he said no official position has been communicated to his office for now. “National Intelligence Agency has been a norm in SADC for sometime now. However, no eSwatini position in this regard has been officially communicated to my office” he said.

The Government Spokesperson said, as this was a security issue details will continue to be scarce. “I want to believe that since this is a security story details will continue to be scarce,” he added.

It has been disclosed that the establishment of the NIA that will report directly to His Majesty the King was government’s idea but it was halted after the then National Commissioner allegedly frustrated the moves. According to our sources within the security forces, at the time the rightful candidate to head the department and or become the Minister of Police was Edgar Hillary. On or around November 2018, concerned senior intelligence officers informed this journalist that Senator Isaac Magagula was in the process of seeking an appointment with Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini to convince him with regards to the establishment of the NIA and that he was the rightful person to head it.

“While the idea might good, we don’t understand why he is pushing that this department or Ministry should be headed by him. As we speak he is in the process of meeting Mandvulo to try and convince him to implement the idea. The PM is then expected to recommend him to the King that he is the rightful person for the post. The Police, Army and Correctional Services have Intelligence departments and we don’t understand why one person now wants to be in possession of critical State information. PM must be very careful, as now most people will take advantage that he is new in politics, approach him and asked to be recommended to the King. The dangers of this is that when these people commit blunders, the King would put the blame to Mandvulo” said one intelligence officer.

It has been disclosed that apart from lobbying for the establishment of the NIA, the former National Commissioner is reportedly refusing to hand over documents with critical information about the State claiming he was still in charge of the Police Service until King Mswati appoints a permanent Chief of the organization.