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Former Makana Local Municipality Mayor Sworn In As New Eastern Cape Member of the Legislature

Sep 11, 2014
Former Makana Local Municipality Mayor Sworn In As New Eastern Cape Member of the Legislature

The Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Noxolo Kiviet, on Tuesday swore in Vumile Lwana as a new Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) for the 5th term after a void was created by the resignation of former Member, Phila Nkayi, last week.

Lwana was sworn in at a small ceremony that was attended by the Deputy Speaker, MPL Bulelwa Tunyiswa, Chairperson of Committees, MPL Alfred Mtsi and Deputy Chairperson of Committees, MPL Ntombovuyo Nkopane.

The Speaker welcomed the former Makana Local Municipality Mayor to the ‘army of people who has just finished three months in office’.

“As a former Mayor and public representative, I am certain that you will be comfortable with the work that you will be doing. There is no much difference just that you will be serving the people on a broader spectrum now. The work of O.R. Tambo will never change, it is always about people, the have-not’s and the poorest of the poor. We have to get them out of poverty and give meaning to the term Home of Legends,” Kiviet said.

The Chief Whip of the ANC in the Legislature, Mzoleli Mrara confirmed that necessary procedures were followed by the party before deciding that MPL Lwana should fill the void.

“I have been mandated by the African National Congress to affirm that it has entrusted Comrade Lwana with the task of joining the Legislature as one of its Members,” he said.

The new Member, who hails from Grahamstown, has served the African National Congress as a Mayor of Makana Local Municipality from 2000 to 2006 and from 2009 until 2011, respectively.

He also served in the former Cacadu District Municipality as a member of the Mayoral Committee and holds leadership positions in various structures. His abilities and leadership qualities speaks volumes as he is also the Convener of Sarah Baartman Regional Executive Committee and serves in its Economic Transformation Sub Committee.

The charismatic MPL has thanked his organization for trusting him to serve in the Legislature.

“It is an honour for me to be elected to serve the organization at this level. The ANC has entrusted me with its vision from the nomination process until to date. I know that my experience in the public sector, civil society and in the business sector will come in handy,” MPL Lwana said.

He will serve in the following Portfolio committees; the Office of the Premier, Human Settlements and Rural Development & Agrarian Reform.

All relevant documents to equip the new Member in his position as an MPL were made available. 

Photo caption: TAKING HIS OATH OF OFFICE... Vumile Lwana (left) with Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Noxolo Kiviet.