Press Statement Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations / Constituent Assembly –5 October 2012
The Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations and the Constituent Assembly call on the Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini and the rest of his Cabinet to resign immediately and avoid dragging His Majesty King Mswati III into political matters.
His Majesty said at the United Nations General Assembly last month “We believe in the full participation of all citizens from the grass roots in the decision making process”. The facts of the matter are clear. When the people spoke at Sidla Inhloko in June and at Sibaya in August they demanded that this Cabinet be removed. When MPs, commendably reflecting the will of the people, passed the vote of no confidence in cabinet they were not merely commenting on the telecommunications industrial issues but on the underperformance of the Cabinet and government as a whole. This is no longer a contractual issue but a political one, their failure to abide by the constitution violates the very rule of law they claim protection from.
It is clear that this government has lost the mandate of the people and its present actions are provoking another Constitutional Crisis to rival The Prime Minister’s previous refusal in 28 November 2002 to recognise unfavourable Court Rulings.
The Prime Minister and the Cabinet now have a clear choice. They can do the honourable thing and show the world that Swaziland is a constitutional democracy by resigning. If they cling to their positions they will further dishonour the international reputation of Swaziland by telling the world that our Constitution is a lie.
The choice is clear.
KING EXPOSED BY NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE