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Arson Attack on Inyatsi Affects Entire Country’s Economic Value Chain

Eswatini Daily News
23 June 2022

The National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini has condemned the arson attacks targeted at Inyatsi Construction, saying they not only affect the company, but the country as a whole.

Dlamini said as a Police Service they continued to note with deep concern the ongoing acts of violence, in particular those manifesting through arson attacks that were being perpetrated around the country affecting individuals and businesses, and bearing a severe cost in so far as socio-economic development is concerned.

“Indeed, it should concern all of us as a Nation that whilst efforts are underway to rebuild properties damaged during the onset of the unrest that besieged the country in June, 2021, there are elements who are still hell-bent on perpetuating the violence, causing more destruction and further undermining the efforts of re-instilling the peace and stability that the country has always enjoyed,” he said through a statement.

Dlamini said highlighting the spate of incessant arson attacks we have been witnessing in recent times, were those that have been targeted at Inyatsi Construction Company that had its property at various sites that include; Hhelehhele, Sicunusa and most recently Sigombeni destroyed, leading to a loss of assets valued at over E65million.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible these arson attacks as they don’t only affect Inyatsi Construction, but the entire country’s economic value chain, not to mention the serious drawback in sustainable employment for Emaswati,” he added.

He said they were grateful to the company for supporting the ongoing police investigative processes aimed at bringing to book those behind the property destruction, by putting up the E500, 000 reward to anyone who will bring in credible information.

He said this offer by Inyatsi was additional and complementary to the cash rewards that have been previously offered by the REPS which still stand as announced.

“We appeal to the peace-loving citizens of this country to assist us with information that will lead to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the perpetrators of these and other acts of violence. In line with our standing policy, the anonymity of anyone proffering information will be safeguarded,” Dlamini said.

Information can be relayed to the following officers: –

• Jabulani Madlopha A/Supt. Regional Crime Branch Officer – Hhohho at mobile number 7605 7428

• Mr. Thabo Hlophe, Supt. Regional Crime Branch Officer – Manzini at mobile number 7606 8570

• Justice “Kwaitos” Mabuza, A/Supt. Regional Crime Branch Officer – Lubombo at mobile number 7606 8572

• Sibusiso “Mbazo” Dlamini, A/Supt. Regional Crime Branch Officer – Shiselweni at mobile number 7606 7447

• The Police Emergency Line – 999/9999

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