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ROYAL EXPENDITURE: Mswati’s Government now struggling to pay water bills, crisis erupts in Mbabane.

Friday, 21st January, 2022

MBABANE: Eswatini Government is now literally struggling to fulfill its social obligations as more money goes to pocket of King Mswati and his royal family.

This Swaziland News is in possession of a letter from the Municipal Council of Mbabane's Public Health Inspector Zinhle Mamba dated 17th January 2021 instructing the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to immediately restore potable water supply in some of the Government’s offices with immediate effect .

"An inspection was conducted in the Eswatini Government Offices housing the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Natural Resources.It is noted that there was no water supply in the building  thus posing a serious threat to the occupants. You are therefore required to restore potable water with immediate effect, failing which legal action will be taken against you", reads the letter in part.

Thulani Hlatshwayo, the Secretary General of the National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU)  confirmed  the matter .

“I would not be sure of the cause, the first time last year electricity was cut-off at Public Works offices and the CTA because of unsettled bills. Today it is water including the entire interministerial building that houses the Ministry of Labour,ICT, Commerce and the CSC", said the Secretary General.

Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the Minister of Public Works and Transport had not responded to our questionnaire at the time of compiling this report. 

Reached for comments, Lucky Lukhele,  the Secretary General of the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) said they were not surprised as this Government was known for neglecting its own infrastructure .

“We demand that the Swazi Government should settle this bill as a matter of urgency and clear this confusion”,he said.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa, ruled by multi-billionaire King Mswati who acquired wealth through looting public funds has seen its Government failing to meet its social obligations.

ROYAL EXPENDITURE: Mswati’s Government now struggling to pay water bills, crisis erupts in Mbabane.
A letter from Mbabane Manicipality to Ministry of Public Works