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OPINION: So King Mswati showed a middle finger to international donors by appointing a Prime Minister who failed to account for about R180million when questioned by Parliament?.

Saturday, 4th November, 2023

King Mswati,by appointing Russel Dlamini as the Prime Minister(PM),was clearly demonstrating disregard not only for the rule of law and the principles of public administration but, he further undermined international donors whose generosity must be subject to transparency and accountability.

The new Prime Minister is a former Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the National Disaster Management Agency(NDMA), he failed to account for about R180million as per the report of the Auditor General(AG) Timothy Matsebula.

The report was subsequently adopted by the Parliament Public Accounts Committee(PAC) and action was never taken against Dlamini in a country where those who are powerful and politically connected loot public funds within impunity.

The about R180million allegedly looted by the new Prime Minister, of course, with the political backing of King Mswati, was part of the over R500million COVID-19 donations and as certain percentage of the monies was to be distributed as grants to members of the public who were locked in their homes as part of the lockdown COVID-19 control measures.

Mswati is conflicted,he cannot fight corruption because almost all the political thugs are linked to him and,like Russel Dlamini,he rewards them with powerful positions.

It is very unfortunate that, even if members of the public can complain about corruption, action will never be taken because, the most corrupt person is in the country is King Mswati who is above the law.

Therefore,international donors who are pumping money in this country to support social programs must know that, the King has appointed PM Russel Dlamini, one  the most corrupt powerful figures in the country.

As a result, donated monies will never reach or address the needs of the people but to sustainable King Mswati extravagant lifestyle.

This is a country where the Head of State is above the law, he loots public funds with impunity and/or without fear of being held accountable.

OPINION: So King Mswati showed a middle finger to international donors by appointing a Prime Minister who failed to account for about R180million when questioned by Parliament?.
New Prime Minister Russel Dlamini being congratulated by diplomats.