MBABANE: Jabulani Nxumalo, the former Deputy Secretary General of the then Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions(SFTU) denied being part of the less than 20 Mangololo National Movement members who secretly went to the United Nations to deliver a petition.
This journalist received a tip-off at around 4pm on Monday that Jabulani Nxumalo and others were at the UN premises preparing to deliver a petition to UN Resident Coordinator Ms Nathalie Ndongo-Seh, however, when contacted, Nxumalo denied being at the premises even when told that this publication was in possession of a picture of his car which was parked there.
“I am not at the UN, as we speak I’m in my car closing windows and not at the UN. Can you get more information kutsi ngubani loye lena lawusho khona, I never went there”, said the former unionist.
About 10 minutes later after speaking to this journalist, Nxumalo appeared in pictures at the United Nations offices where the petition was delivered.
Reached for comments, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said as the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) they took a resolution not to entertain this non-existent organization.
“This is an non-existent organization that was created by the regime and captured journalists of the State controlled media to divert our focus on the Monarchy. We cannot therefore comment because our main focus is on the Monarchy and the government” said PUDEMO Secretary.
The UN Resident Coordinator later released a statement online confirming receiving a petition from Mangololo.
“Today, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Nathalie Ndongo-Seh, received a further petition from a group of concerned citizens called, Mangololo. The UN is confined to hear the grievances and aspirations of emaSwati, maintaining open doors in pursuit of Agenda 2030 and SDG: “peace, justice and strong institutions,\"she said.
Nxumalo, a resident of Ludzeludze and a former critic of King Mswati became a supporter of the Tikhundla system after undergoing kubutseka a few years ago.
UN Resident Coordinator with Mangololo members