Kingdom of Eswatini’s new members of Pan African Parliament speak out

Swaziland's King Mswati III addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20, 2017. The king said that he was officially changing the country's name to eSwatini. Photo : Jezel Samad / AFP

Mbabane, Swaziland (ADV) – The Kingdom of Eswatini recently elected five members to represent it at the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

The five include the seasoned legislator Senator Michael Temple who returns to has been serving at PAP, Senator Sylvia Mthethwa, Honourable Member of Parliament Thandi Nxumalo, Honourable Member of Parliament Victor Malambe and Honourable Member of Parliament Robert Magongo.

Senator Michael Temple vowed to fight for a Pan African agenda which is he emphasized that it is the key to the development and growth of the African continent.

“I am very honoured and humbled to be recognised by my fellow members of parliament to be elected back into the Pan African Parliament,” Temple told African Daily Voice in an interview.

“I am hoping that within the next 5 years we as a PAP are able to get the Malobo declaration operational and to become as the African Union not just PAP totally non reliant in donor funding to run our organisation. I will also work hard to get a motion moved that all artwork artifacts minerals and any other such stolen from Africa during the colonial era either be returned with some form of compensation and if it’s not possible to return such a compensation formula be agreed upon that improves the lives of all countries that were raped of their precious belongings.”

Senator Temple said he will continue lobbying African Union to reserve a permanent seat for PAP president at African Union Summit.

“Those who follow the sittings of PAP will remember that I have been calling for AU to have a seat for the PAP. Unfortunately, I moved for it late this year and then had to go for elections so will certainly be taking up that issue again now that I am back.”

Speaking recently at the PAP’s Sixth Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament that took place in Midrand, South Africa, Temple articulated that having a permanent seat for PAP at the AU will improve working relations between the mother body and its organ.

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