MBABANE: Inyatsi Construction, a company with alleged links to King Mswati has been awarded the multi-million Nsalitje-Siphambanweni road render.
This was announced by the office of Government Spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo through online platforms on Friday.
“Minister of Public Works and Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe has commissioned the construction of the Nsalitje-Siphambanweni road. The contract has been awarded to Inyatsi Construction and works on site are expected to commence on 8 August 2022. The project is expected to take 8 months.This is one of three road constructions the Minister has commissioned this week. The other two roads shall be constructed by Stefanutti Stocks Construction (Siteki-Maphungwane) and Roots Construction (Motshane-Sigangeni),” reads the online statement.
A questionnaire was sent to Michelo Shakantu, the Inyatsi Construction Director, however, he had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Reached for comments, Sibongile Mazibuko, the Chairperson of the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) said Inyatsi was being awarded tenders unfairly.
“Inyatsi Construction is milking public resources and it is for these reasons we are fighting for democracy because we don’t want few people to benefit from our resources,” she said.
Inyatsi Construction, a company with alleged links to King Mswati through Tibiyo TakaNgwane, is owned by Michello Shakantu, the husband of Justice Minister Pholile Shakantu.
Michello Shakantu is accused of using Mswati’s absolute power to grab tenders and private companies, more Swazis are being pushed out of business.
Public Works Minister Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe whose Ministry is responsible for the construction of roads(pic: gov).