Manzini Council in Bid to Cement Relations with Chiefs, Tinkhundla Leadership
Believes with collaboration, Vision 2022 would be quicker to achieve. In what can be said to be a first of its kind in the history of the vibrant city, the Municipal Council of Manzini has made the first move towards forging working relationships with Chiefs and the leadership of the two constituencies that fall within the Manzini urban area; namely Manzini North and Manzini South tinkhundla.
The leadership of the Municipality last Thursday facilitated a half-day workshop whose objective was to educate Chiefs, Manzini North and Manzini South Members of Parliament, Tindvuna Tetinkhundla and Bucopho about Council’s mandate, service offering, projects and programmes. The initiative was also meant to identify areas of possible collaboration between the two parties; more so because they more or less service the same populace. It was also noted during the meeting that there were instances where urban citizens required assistance from Tinkhundla, such as access to the Regional Development Fund and Inkhundla stamp, but at times did not receive such assistance. It was mentioned that the collaboration was, therefore, anticipated to, amongst others, iron out such service delivery glitches and make the lives of the communities that both parties served a better one.
Well, what came out glaringly during the meeting is that the constituency leadership and chiefs were over the moon about the initiative by the Municipality. They hardly stopped commending Council for it; even stating it was long overdue. The constituency politicians were actually taken aback by the amount of service that Council delivered to the city, adding that indeed the common goal of achieving first world status could be realised quicker with collaboration between the two parties.
Manzini North Member of Parliament Macford Sibandze mentioned that it was clear that both the Tinkhundla and Council could achieve a lot, economically and socially, if they worked together. He suggested that another workshop, to run two or three days, needed to be arranged wherein the challenges that confronted the city and Tinkhundla could be comprehensively deliberated on and possible solutions found. He added that a Memorandum of Understanding could even be developed and endorsed by both parties.