Swaziland

New Cabinet sworn in


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Following elections held on 20th September a new Cabinet was sworn in by King Mswati III yesterday in Swaziland. Including the long-time serving Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, there are nineteen other ministers.

The most notable appointment is Martin Dlamini as Minister of Finance. Dlamini was the highly respected Governor of the Central Bank of Swaziland before his new appointment and replaces three-term minister Majozi Sithole, who has overseen a steady decline in the country’s economy.

Below is the full list of the new Cabinet and the Prime Minister’s speech given after the swearing in as published on the Government website:

Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini; Prime Minister
Paul Dlamini; Deputy Prime Minister
Martin Dlamini; Ministry of Finance
Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze; Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation
Mduduzi Dlamini; Ministry of Tikhundla & Development
Jabulani Mabuza; Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs
Princess Tsandzile; Ministry of Home Affairs
Sibusiso Shongwe; Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
Gideon Dlamini; Ministry of Commerce & Trade
Jabulile Mashwama; Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy
David Cruiser Ngcamphalala; Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs
Ministry of Economic Planning and Development – Prince Hlangusemphi
Ministry of Housing & Urban Development – Mr. Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza
Ministry of Public Service – Mr Patrick Magobetane Mamba
Ministry of Public Works & Transport – Lindiwe Dlamini
Ministry of Education – Mr Phineas Magagula
Ministry of Agriculture – Mr Moses Vilakati
Ministry of Health – Sibongile Simelane
Ministry of Labour and Social Security – Winnie Magagula
Ministry of Information Communication & Technology – Mr Christopher Ndlangamandla.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

DR B.S.S. DLAMINI

AT THE SWEARING-IN OF CABINET MINISTERS

AT THE CABINET OFFICES

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

I would like to start by thanking His Majesty King Mswati III for allowing the country to go to elections in accordance with our Constitution, and to express our gratitude to Their Majesties for their prayers while the Nation was going through the election process.

Our appreciation goes out, also, to the Nation for participating fully in elections that were fair and peaceful, as confirmed by the international observers. The Elections and Boundaries Commission is to be thanked for its efficient management of the election process. We congratulate the nominated Members of both Houses of Parliament, as well as the elected Members. It is my privilege to thank His Majesty for accepting the recommendations for the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers.

Having received the great honour of being appointed as Prime Minister by His Majesty King Mswati III, I now look forward enormously to discharging my duties with the utmost dedication and efficiency. I am deeply grateful to Their Majesties for their expression of confidence in me. Their support and guidance in the coming years will, as in the past, be of immense value to myself and to my colleagues.

Today I have the privilege of presiding over the swearing-in of my Cabinet colleagues. These colleagues and I will bring to the Administration the fullest commitment to the needs and priorities for accelerating national economic and social development.

Now that the election process and appointments in the Administration are complete, we have the responsibility to implement all the measures necessary to achieve His Majesty’s Vision – now the National Vision – of Swaziland being a First World country within the next eight years. We thank His Majesty for eloquently defining our system of monarchical democracy with the emphasis on service delivery and Swaziland’s political, economic and social marriage between the Monarchy and the ballot box that is the Nation. His Majesty reigns in collaboration with the entire Nation and this is the political, economic and social philosophy that will guide the Administration.

We accept the responsibility of delivering to the general public of the Kingdom the highest standard of public service delivery, and making the best use of available resources in doing so. This will be done to a strict code of integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. Speed and direction of implementation will be of the essence. Our agenda will be open and we will explain our decisions.

We are not starting this Administration with a blank sheet of paper before us. We know what our national priorities are. But we will take a fresh look at them and update and amplify as necessary.

We shall keep, as top priorities, the basic right of our people to enjoy first class health services and an education of high standard that embraces an expedient balance of academic and practical content. A third pillar for citizen prosperity and well-being will be provided from a composite and equitable programme of social welfare with special attention to the elderly and disabled, as well as to the vulnerable children of our country.

As custodians of the Public Purse we shall plan constructively to match our stated priorities, while spending honestly, efficiently and transparently. Those found to have diverted from the established standards of procedure and integrity will be brought to book. We shall ensure adequate resources are provided to the Auditor-General, Anti-Corruption Commission, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and the Judiciary to support this commitment. There will be no refuge for the corrupt.

We shall not only make the best use of resources available in a prioritized manner but we shall also develop the national capacity to increase those resources. We shall achieve this firstly through a combination of greater cost-effectiveness in public expenditure, secondly through increased public revenue created domestically from faster economic growth, and thirdly through the relevant institutions enforcing greater compliance with taxes and duties.

To achieve that growth, our companies have to make more, farmers grow more, and tourism and other services have to expand. We will explore vigorously the potential offered by technological research and innovation. The result will be more jobs, higher incomes, increased spending power and higher public tax revenue. Government will play its part to make those improvements happen by continuing to improve the business environment through the Investor Roadmap, attracting more large-scale investment and encouraging growth among small, medium and micro-scale enterprises through new and innovative incentive and capacitation schemes. We aim to continue the drive to make Swaziland a nation of entrepreneurs as we continue to strengthen our national brand of Swaziland: Africa’s New Promise.

We shall promote and support the Social Dialogue process, at all times encouraging collaboration as opposed to confrontation. Being part of the same society and the same economy, every one of us has much to gain from a growing economy and the improved public services. And sustaining this strategy will add the building blocks towards achieving His Majesty’s Vision 2022.

In the previous Administration we used the term “business unusual” to capture the concept of re-engineering the way Government business was carried out. The mantra for the new Administration will be “development unusual” to reflect an intensified approach to achieving setting and achieving targets in the further development of our economy, social services, natural resources and infrastructure.

The rule of law shall remain sacrosanct. Government will ensure that justice is administered swiftly and efficiently and the maintenance of law and order will be secured in accordance with the highest human rights standards. The Administrative arm of Government will collaborate fully with the Legislative and Judicial arms.

We promise too that we shall promote and uphold the international reputation of our Nation as a picturesque, peace-loving, industrious and growth –oriented country. We shall take measures to ensure a fully food-secure position, at the same time as continuing the roll-out of decentralization to the grass roots of the Nation.

His Majesty has made a policy statement at the Sibaya and will give further policy direction and guidance when he performs the opening of the new Parliament. These will inform the new Government Programme of Action 2013-2018 that Cabinet will present to His Majesty, Her Majesty and Parliament following His Majesty’s Speech from the Throne.

Each Minister has been presented with a substantial package of reports and other information which will guide them in their future work. But these are not in the form of a mountain of papers, but in one compact disc. A new eGovernment Policy is now in existence, the previous Cabinet having taken a prominent role in the use of electronic data, towards the ultimate goal of a paperless Government. I urge my new Cabinet colleagues to read, digest and implement accordingly.

We thank His Majesty and Her Majesty for their commitment to the development and welfare of the Swazi Nation and, as Cabinet, we pledge our loyalty and commitment to serve His Majesty and Her Majesty and the Swazi Nation to the best of our ability.

Thank you.”

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