GELANE ZWANE: NUMBER TWO IN SWAZILAND UNDER THE KING
Many powerful women, being strong holding their state positions and making life of their fellow citizens better, live all over the globe. Thus, Italy, Russia, Lesotho, etc. are the states having women as presidents of their parliaments. A small in size Kingdom of Swaziland, which is in South-East Africa, is yet another example here. Gelane Zwane is the President of Swaziland parliament. She is the first woman in the history of the country, who was appointed to such an important post.
Gelane Zwane was born in a royal family. That fact contributed greatly to the development of her political career. She watched national affairs being addressed since she was a child. Thus, Gelane kept track on political processes, financial records, and managing people. After that, already being mature, she worked as a civil servant in different banks and Treasury Ministry.
The king saw a remarkable statesperson in her. Thus, Gelane Zwane took part in lawmaking by becoming a member of Constitutional Review Commission in 1996. In 2003, after her appointment as a senator, she was elected the vice-president of the Parliament. Sometime after, Gelane became its President. Presiding over the Government, our heroine has proved as a conscientious state official. She is always unbiased and just, which earned respect of all the country’s political parties.
Surprisingly enough, Gelane’s birth certificate was only registered in 2012. The President of the Parliament herself said that when she was born, there have been no such documents in the Kingdom yet. What is more, there was a mistake in the first version of it. Dates of her parents’ birth coincided there, which did not correspond to reality.
Gelane Zwane, however, was unable to continue her successful activity, as her husband died in February 2018. There is a custom in the Kingdom of Swaziland, according to which a widow has to mourn the death of her husband for 2 years while doing no public service. That is why she temporarily does not act as the President of the Parliament. We are, however, sure that after 2 years of mourning, Gelane Zwane will continue serving her people faithfully.
Marina Kachkalova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov