NKILONGO: Gospel Artist and former President of the then Association of Christian Artists of Swaziland(ACASWA) Mzwakhe Myeni has joined the growing calls for democratic reforms.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the Gospel Artist said he would join the youth on Tuesday in a protest march to deliver a petition in demand for democratic reforms and or an elected Prime Minister.
“The King must allow us to elect our own Prime Minister by 2023. As the situation stands we elect Members of Parliament, Tindvuna TeNkhundla and Bucopho but the head of the Government is appointed, this is creating political problems. We want a Prime Minister who will be elected and removed by the people if he or she she does not perform to the expectation of the Nation” ,said the Gospel artist.
Reached for comments, Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) said democratizing the country should not only be about electing a Prime Minister but even the independence of Parliament among others must be restored. She said as the situation stands, MPs are elected by the people but once they arrive in Parliament, they are forced to pledge their allegiance to King Mswati and dump the people. The NNLC President praised the three MPs who are standing firmly with the people as the calls for democratic reforms intensify.
“It’s not only about electing a Prime Minister but the independence of Parliament must be restored. As the situation stands, people elect MPs and once they arrive in Parliament, they are forced to pledge allegiance to King Mswati, his children and descendants. The MPs who are standing with the people and labeled as sellouts are doing what is expected from Members of Parliament, to be the voice of the people” said the NNLC President.
Members of Parliament who are currently popular with the people after demanding democratic reforms include Hosea MP Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza, Siphofaneni MP Mduduzi Magawugawu Simelane and Ngwemphisi MP Mthandeni Dube.
Gospel artist Mzwakhe Myeni