Civil servants in Swaziland / Eswatini who owe government money will be restricted from standing as candidates in the forthcoming national election in the kingdom.
This was announced by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Evart Madlopha.
The Times of Swaziland reported on Wednesday (13 June 2018) he said civil servants with study loans, car loans, advanced loans, and other loans from government would be affected.
The newspaper added, ‘He said government was alive to the fact that some civil servants owed huge amounts which they could not be in a position to pay before the start of the elections.’
He added civil servants would need to make what he called a ‘convincing commitment’ to repay the money. There is a fear that if a civil servant was elected they would not repay loans. At present money for loans can be deducted from salaries.
The Times interviewed President of the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU), Aubrey Sibiya, who called the government position ‘oppressive’ to civil servants.
The election is due to take place on 21 September 2018.
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