The Independent (Kampala)

18 October 2012

Uganda: Prime Minister Vows to Stay Put

Swazi Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini will stay in his post despite a vote of no-confidence from parliament, an aide insisted on October 9.

The embattled PM and his cabinet are refusing to step down despite the censure over a telephone licensing deal, with advisors insisting he serves at the pleasure of the country's absolute ruler, King Mswati III.

"The prime minister has clearly stated the position of the executive arm with regards to the vote of no confidence," said government spokesperson Percy Simelane.

"It's normal for people to squeal, but people should wait for the king to act. Then after that they can express their opinions on the matter."

On October 10 42 members of parliament voted to oust the king's hand-picked cabinet in a show of independence from the highly-circumscribed legislature.

Dlamini's government had abruptly ordered the country's sole telephone provider SPTC to be switched off and its services replaced by South African firm MTN.

The case has provoked a constitutional crisis in sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy

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