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MBABANE - Members of Parliament (MP) have the least number of roles compared to indvuna yenkhundla and bucopho.

This is according to Operating Guidelines for Effective Tinkhundla Administration and Development. The guidelines have pointed out that out of the 31 roles expected from the politicians; MPs have only seven roles to play once elected into office. The guidelines provide that bucopho has nine roles while indvuna yenkhundla has 15 roles once elected into office.
The MP roles include among others mobilising the inkhundla community to articulate its desired policy ambition and directions.


The MPs have a duty to facilitate that the community’s desired public policy ambition and directions are integrated into the national policy and legislative agenda through parliamentary and general national government procedures and protocols. MPs are also expected to mobilise resources and development projects to benefit the constituency in improving the state of their lives. Legislators are expected to serve as an eye and ear of the inkhundla in the national political sphere. The guidelines also pointed out that bucopho have nine roles once elected into office. Some of the roles of bucopho include providing a link on any developmental issues between inkhundla committee and the chiefdom. Bucopho is expected to work closely with the inner council and the chiefdom development committee, in promoting community development projects in the chiefdom or polling division.


They also provide general assistance to members of the community to access facilities, funds and any developmental information, which they may need from time to time from the inkhundla. Indvuna yenkhundla gives policy advice to inkhundla committee and carries out all administrative duties of the inkhundla, among other duties. Reality had shown that some MPs, tindvuna tetinkhundla and bucopho had been clashing over their roles once they assumed office. Asked about the cause of the clash, Director of Decentralisation Dumisani Sithole said the clash could emanate from the lack of a frame work to exercise the roles. He made an example about rails lines designed for three trains. He said if the rails were imaginary, it was possible for the trains to lose track. “As long as we established the roles for each of the politicians, there was a likelihood of the clash in the absence of the framework to exercise the roles,” he said.