The Parliament of Swaziland

Population 1,370,424 (est2011)
Seat of Parliament Lobamba
Date of Independence Jan 1 1968
Constitution Executive Monarchy
CPA Branch Formed Jan 1 1965
Voting Age 18
First Parliament
Local Information

Branch Profile Current constitution
2005. A draft constitution which would provide equality for women but would still not allow the formation of political parties was approved by the parliament in June 2005. It was signed by the king on 26 July, but only after it was significantly amended.
Head of state and Executive
The head of state is the king. The present incumbent, Mswati III, came to the throne in April 1986.
The head of government is the prime minister who is appointed by the king. The king also appoints the cabinet, in consultation with the prime minister.

The legislature, the Parliament (Libandla), is bicameral. The lower chamber, the House of Assembly, has 65 members (55 directly elected, ten appointed by the king), with a provision for a maximum of 4 women members to be elected regionally if the total percentage of women is otherwise less than 30 per cent. All members are elected for a five-year term. The upper chamber, the Senate, has 30 members (ten elected by the House of Assembly, 20 appointed by the king), also serving for a five-year term.
Libandla - Parliament (bicameral)

Principal parties
None: political parties are banned.

Most recent elections
Legislative: 20 September and 5 October 2013 (House of Assembly, elected and appointed members respectively). 23 and 30 October 2013 (Senate, indirectly elected and appointed members respectively).

Composition of government
The king named Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini as prime minister on 16 October 2008 after the legislative elections. His new cabinet was appointed on 24 October. Parliament passed a motion of no confidence in the government on 3 October 2012, in a dispute over the country's sole telephone services provider. However Dlamini and his cabinet refused to step down, and the motion was withdrawn on 15 October. Four days before the 2013 legislative elections, the whole cabinet resigned on 16 September. Dlamini's term was extended temporarily to 4 October. After this date no further announcements were forthcoming until finally on 28 October the king reappointed him as prime minister. The cabinet, with over half new appointees, was announced and sworn in on 4 November.


Chamber 1

Chamber House of Assembly
No of Seats 65
No of Women 9
Date of Last Election 05 Oct 2013
Term 5 years
No of Parties 0

Chamber 2

Chamber Senate
No of Seats 30
No of Women 12
Date of Last Election 10 Oct 2008
Term 5 years
No of Parties 0


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Are reports or recommendations from committees debated in the Chamber:
Must Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations and, if so, what is the time limit for providing responses?


Does Parliament or a committee have formal input into the formulation of the budget?
What is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament?

Committee staffing

How much Chamber and committee time is normally spent in scrutinizing the budget prior to passage?
Number of Clerks to service committees:
Do committees have access to subject specialist researchers from parliamentary staff?
Do committees have access to funds to hire external subject specialist advisors?

Members of Parliament/Legislature

Name Position Address Title Contact Info
Gelane Zwane Joint Branch President Houses of Parliament
P.O. Box 37
Lobamba #107
President of the Senate P: (+268) 2416 2407/11
F: (+268) 2416-1603
Trusty Gina, MP Joint Branch Vice President Houses of Parliament
P.O. Box 37
Lobamba #107
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly P: (+268) 2416 2407/11
F: (+268) 2416-1603
Themba Msibi, MP Joint Branch President Houses of Parliament
P.O. Box 37
Lobamba #107
Speaker of Parliament P: (+268) 2416 2407/11
F: (+268) 2416-1603
Mr Ndvuna Dlamini Branch Secretary Houses of Parliament
P.O. Box 37
Lobamba #107
Clerk to Parliament P: (+268) 2416 2407/11
F: (+268) 2416-1603