A new Prime Minister of Eswatini will be known tomorrow (Friday 3 November 2023) if King Mswati decides to break with tradition and appoint the head of Government without first making him a member of the House of Parliament.
Traditionally, the King would complete the formation of the House of Parliament by announcing his list of appointees for the upper Senate Chamber.
The House of Parliament is currently hung following a cloud of bribery and corruption allegations. People offering themselves for election into the 30 person chamber of Parliament allegedly bribed the electoral college of elected MPs to elect them. The public scandal has jammed progress in the formation of the House of Parliament. Calls for an investigation of the corruption claims have resulted in muted commitment from police and the anti corruption commission to probe the alleged malfeasance.
The 2023 elections offered an opportunity for people to express themselves following searing riots in June 2021. The King promised a national political dialogue to ventilate all issues following the elections. That dialogue which started on 23 October, will only end tomorrow (Friday 3 November 2023).
Cleopas Dlamini, the man who held the reins of government from 2021 to the elections is expected to retain the position.