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REVEALED:DPM orders businesspeople to quit pro-democracy Bishop Nkambule’s church or lose government tenders.

Sunday, 2nd January, 2022

MBABANE: Senator Themba Masuku, the Deputy Prime Minister allegedly summoned businesspeople to his office about a month ago and ordered them to quit pro-democracy Bishop Mpendulo Nkambule’s church or lose government tenders.

It is alleged that the DPM told the businesspeople that it was not proper for them to continue getting government tenders and then pay tithes and offerings to a person who was against the Tinkhundla system of Governance.

Reached for comments, Bishop Mpendulo Nkambule confirmed receiving information that indeed the DPM summoned businesspeople who are members of his church and ordered them to quit.

“It’s true, I received information suggesting that the DPM ordered businesspeople who are members of my church to quit or they will lose government tenders. What I gathered is that he wants them to quit, stop paying tithes and offerings, his alleged intentions are to cripple me financially because I am seen as a person who is critical against the current government”, said the Bishop.

The names of the businesspeople who were summoned by the Deputy Prime Minister are known to this publication but cannot be revealed for ethical reasons.

The Times reported on the story on Sunday but the newspaper decided to protect the Deputy Prime Minister(DPM) who allegedly abused his powers for political gain by not revealing his name.

The story was reported by the newspaper under the headline “Did Minister order members to quit Mpendulo’s church?”

But this Swaziland News is in possession of information confirming that it was actually the DPM who ordered businesspeople to quit the church, it could not be ascertained as to why the Times decided to twist the story to protect the DPM.

A questionnaire was sent to the DPM, however, he had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Reached for comments, Mfankhona Nkambule, the Times Sunday journalist who wrote the story referred comments to his Managing editor Martin Dlamini.

“I am not allowed to speak to the media about issues of the company, please contact Martin Dlamini”, he said.

Efforts to reach Martin Dlamini, the Managing editor of the Times proved unsuccessful at the time of of compiling this report.

The conduct of the Deputy Prime Minister who demonstrated political intolerance by targeting the pro-democracy Bishop comes after the arrest of MPs Bacede Mabuza, Mthandeni Dube who expressed different political views on how the country should be governed.

Citizens including human rights defenders who are calling for democratic reforms in eSwatini are persecuted by Mswati’s regime, pro-democracy students are deprived of scholarships while others are killed.

But the DPM who allegedly targeted Bishop Mpendulo Nkambule merely for expressing his political views recently accused pro-democracy activists of being non tolerant towards different views.

“These people who want a President in the country are non-tolerant to other political views, waphambana nawo lamabandla latsi afuna President kulelive, wakhuluma nje lokwehlukile, bayakushisela”, said the Deputy Prime Minister when addressing residents at Sigwe who had come to comfort Tinkhundla Minister David Cruizer Ngcamphalala whose home was burnt by unknown people.

REVEALED:DPM orders businesspeople to quit pro-democracy Bishop Nkambule’s church or lose government tenders.
DPM Themba Masuku and Bisho Mpendulo Nkambule.