MBABANE: Sydney Nyembe, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Concerned Churches Leaders(SCCL) said Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku was desperate to lie to the Nation about the looted multi-million COVID-19 donations such that he even lied claiming E10million was used to purchase Personal Protective Clothing(PPEs) from the United Nations(UN).
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Tuesday, Nyembe said the United Nations does not own any shop that sell PPEs hence the DPM was literally lying when he allegedly uttered these sentiments.
"The DPM was just talking because he knew that the money was misappropriated and seemingly, they don't know what to say now because part of the money might be in powerful hands that they cannot touch" he said.
Questions were sent to the Deputy Prime Minister, however, he had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Nyembe stated that it was hard to know where did the money go because the DPM and Dr. Phil Mnisi who is the Chairman of the National Resource Mobilization Committee are mum on the issue of the missing funds.
He said the DPM only appears for formalities in hotels to receive donations on behalf of the Nation but fails to give account on where the money was spent.
"There is no accountability in Eswatini and corruption is rooted. Look at the issue of borders, it's only Lancent Laboratories that is eligible for COVID-19 tests as the only Swazi laboratory is not trusted," said the Secretary General.
Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku receiving a donation