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By MABANDLA BHEMBE - SWAZI TIMES-15-Aug-2009

MBABANE - Workers at the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications (SPTC) watched in disbelief as police officers attached to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested their Managing Director Nathi E. Dlamini yesterday morning

Dlamini who has championed the institution into a money-making company was picked up from his office just after 8am and taken to the Mbabane Police Station where he was slapped with four charges. The arresting officer showed him a warrant of arrest dated July 31.

Warrant

It had been widely believed that the warrant had been thrown out by the DPP, Mumcy Dlamini, who is said to have punched holes in it. However, it stood yesterday. The charges faced by the MD relate to his alleged failure to furnish the ACC with documents that relate to the formation and registration of Horizon Mobile Ltd. In a nutshell, the charges have been derived from a letter that the ACC wrote to Dlamini in May where it demanded such.

Charges

Below is a rough summary of the charges faced by Dlamini. l Dlamini is charged for alleged failure to furnish the ACC with certified copies of correspondence authorising or approving the formation of Horizon Mobile Ltd. l Dlamini is charged for alleged failure to furnish the ACC with documents where SCOPE approved anything related to Horizon Mobile Ltd and the fixed mobile project. l Dlamini is charged for alleged failure to furnish the ACC with documents where Cabinet approved the fixed mobile project. l Dlamini is charged for alleged failure to furnish the ACC with documents from the ICT Ministry approving both New Horizon Mobile Ltd and the fixed mobile project. Dlaminiís arrest was dealt with secretly as his matter was heard in chambers and it was difficult to access the charge sheet.

The above summary of the charges was sourced from court employees. It was further established that Dlamini was granted E500 bail, which he paid and quickly returned to work. He could not be reached for comment as on numerous occasions he was reported to be locked in a meeting with his management team. Worth noting is that things have been pretty rough for Dlamini in recent times. In May, the Swazi News reported that the ACC Assistant Commissioner and former SPTC employee, Tebogo Fruh-wirth, had instituted an investigation against her former employer something that smacked of gross conflict of interest. Two weeks ago, the Swazi News reported about a warrant of arrest that was being processed to have the SPTC MD arrested.

Arrest

Last week we again reported that the warrant of arrest had been thrown out. In June, the Swazi News also reported on Dlamini being summoned by Liqoqo to explain how he was managing SPTC and also answer questions relating to the sudden strike by his employees.

Recently, government suspended the fixed mobile project that would have seen a first locally owned mobile phone company. The suspension, as stated by the Prime Minister, Sibusiso Dlamini, was meant for government to be up to speed with all initiatives taken by SPTC. What further prompted government to suspend the project was the imminent sale of 10 per cent shares SPTC holds at MTN Swaziland-the only mobile phone company in the country


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