HIS WORSHIP COUNCILLOR ZEPHANIAH NKAMBULE’S S TATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
On behalf of Mbabane Councillors and Management,, let me pass condolences to families and friends of all EmaSwa ti that lost their lives during the wave of protests witnessed in the capital.. As an organisation,, Council firmly believes in all interventions that emphasises the importance of dialogue..
The Council observed with sadness events of the past week, specifically the riots and the looting that took place in business premises that left a trail of destruction in our beautiful city..
As the Mayor of Mbabane, I am saddened by the indiscriminate vandalism of both residential and commercial property in the city that has ultimately plunged businesses and ratepayers into unwarranted expenses in an already unfavourable economic climate .
The destruction of property has unfortunately undone decades of capital investments that , over the years , ha ve been injected into the city by investors.. The violence and vandalism of property has seriously dented investment prospects and it will take central Government and Council a number of years to restore investor confidence..
It has emerged that also affected in the riots are individuals that are in leadership positions in the local authority and Council staff whose homes were vandalised and vehicles set alight.. As Mayor, I kindly appeal for tolerance and peace in our city..
Council is investigating how affected Rate Payers could be cushioned as they seek to restore their properties back to habitable conditions and fit for trade again. To design appropriate policy intervention, Council request those property owners whose properties were damaged to complete a form available on the Council website
I thank you and may God bless you all..