August 2 2013
Speaker of Swaziland’s house of assembly, Prince Guduza, has called on the media to continue exposing corruption, according to local media reports.
On August 2 2013, daily newspaper Swazi Observer, under the headline ‘Rotten beans saga an example of media’s overseer role’, reported the Speaker’s praise of local media.
The Swazi Observer reports: “He said the recent issue of the rotten beans at the government warehouse was a classic example of Parliament and the media working together in the interest of the electorate.” Huge piles of beans were recently found rotting in an apparent case of official incompetence coupled with corruption. It was suggested by media that the beans were being kept (or hidden) from MPs who voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against the prime minister in late 2012.
“The speaker further referred to the land-grab saga were some cabinet ministers sold themselves crown land at huge discounts,” reported the Observer.
Guduza noted that the media “was the first to place the issue of the land-grab saga in the public domain”.
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