It’s the last of its kind, an endangered species on the brink of extinction. Swaziland is ruled by the last absolute monarchy in Africa. With pro-democracy protests causing political unrest, it has brought to question what that means for traditional African leadership as a whole.
Where many voices speak at the same time, it’s hard to derive the truth. On one side you have traditionalists singing the king’s praises, on the other hand, you have the pro-democracy group throwing dirt on his name. A country that prided itself on the fact that it was ‘peaceful’ is now experiencing chaos.
Many emSwati are going to have a bitter-sweet Christmas because their MPs will have to spend the festive season in jail. This is after intense calls for their release, and despite many demonstrations held in their honour. Honourable Mthandeni Dube and Bacede Mabuza were arrested after expressing the people’s desire for democracy, which is shocking because that’s what MPs are supposed to do.
Heavy is the head that wears the feathers of the widow bird. EmaSwati are getting angrier by the day, and as they continue to call for political inclusion; their demands fall on deaf ears. It's not that the king doesn't know what they want, the problem is that if he gives them the power; he will lose his.
EmaSwati want better service delivery, they're complaining that money is being wasted on the royal family's extravagant lifestyle. They're saying their taxes are being used to further interests that aren't theirs. The very guns that the citizen funds aren't protecting them, they're being turned on them.
King Mswati's government came out to say that most of the population prefers the Tinkhundla system of governance. This is despite the growing calls for political reform, with illegal political parties spearheading the conversation about a multi-party system. Since the government is speaking on behalf of everyone, this publication saw it fit to suggest every liSwati participate in a referendum, voting for or against democracy.
Labour Minister Phila Buthelezi blasted pro-democracy advocators and further assured his Constituency that he was ready to bear insults while he focused on development projects. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, the Minister delivered a statement in his personal capacity and warned his haters whom he said might be thinking that the threats and insults would make him succumb to their wishes of regime-change orientation.
The people spoke, the king heard, but did he act? The day is near, the demands are clear, and the stakes are high. Swaziland is divided between the loyalists and the democracy seekers. Having seen what lengths protestors will go to, one wonders how this will all play out.
Swaziland has its Environmental Protection Agency, yet here we are in 2021 and the government wants to reopen a coal mine after 29 years. The developed world is making strides in countering the negative effects of fossil fuels. Environmental scientists are encouraging governments to create green economies, and yet here we are.
EmaSwati are commending Sjava and Mafikizolo's decision to boycott the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival in Swaziland. The musicians have taken this decision in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in that country. The democratic movement has simply gained too much traction. This is a huge event in the small kingdom and seeing those featuring in the line-up give in to the pressure is a testament to the magnitude of the struggle.
He transformed the media scene in Swaziland, championed his culture, and made us laugh along the way. EmaSwati are in a sombre mood after it was declared that beloved radio man Bongani 'Sigcokosiyancinca' Dlamini has passed away due to COVID-19. He was known as a charismatic man who respected people very much.
It’s the way of the world, most countries are democracies. There are two realities for undemocratic nations, it’s either they suffer the consequences of rejecting democracy, or they give in to its influence somehow. EmaSwati are fighting for it, they begging for it, they’re hoping and praying for it.
For the past few months now, EmaSwati have been at war with a ruler they now dub a tyrant. The people of Eswatini, a small country bordering South Africa and Mozambique have taken to the streets in peaceful protest in order to bring attention to thier pleas.
OVER 500 people employed by OK Foods in Eswatini are in fear of losing their jobs after shops under the group were torched during the protests on Monday and Tuesday. OK Foods stores were looted and burnt by hooligans and protesters during the countrywide looting that took place on Monday night and mid-morning the following day.
Everybody knows that Swaziland's constitution provides for freedom of expression. When the government shut down the internet in the heart of pro-democracy protests, it became clear that people's right to information needed to be protected. Here are the basic things you need to know about media law in Swaziland in light of the recent political developments:
The month of June was a tough month for the citizens of Eswatini as the country was burnt into ashes,citizens were shot amid pro democracy protests.During the protests the king of the kingdom of Eswatini ,King Mswati said no word to the citizens. On Tuesday, 13 July 2021,the king has sent a word,summoning Emaswati to the royal kraal on Friday,the 16th of July 2021.This is the very same date that the citizens had intended for a big march.Emaswati are faced with a dilemma of whether to boycott the summon or to go there.Their greatest fear is that during the kraal summon,what they refer to as isibaya,the royal family uses muti to blur their judgement and vision.According to the citizens on social media,this is how the king always escapes protests.They said that during a teacher's strike in 2012,the king summoned the nation and after that the strike died down,and not because their griviences were heard but because they had used muti on them.
http://ewn.co.za/nc8e7 JOHANNESBURG - A gathering of individuals from the eMaswati diaspora are arranging a quiet dissent outside the Union Buildings. They're approaching the South African government to mediate in the wake of supportive of majority rules system fights in the realm. There are reports that few individuals have been killed and handfuls harmed following long periods of conflicts with police.
We've been hearing a noise, and a loud outcry from our neighboring country ESwatini since late June 2021. Eswatini has been rocked by a series of protests that seem to be gaining momentum. The issue Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy is the only country in Africa where all the decisions are made for the people by the king.
The University of Swaziland's motto proclaims it as "the university of choice in Africa". When you look at the socio-economic problems faced by the kingdom, one wonders if they're caused by the poor quality of higher education in Swaziland's learning institutions. The regime change protests are being led by the youth, and a lot of those protestors are students.
Members of Parliament (MPs) do not agree with a statement made by Senate President Lindiwe Dlamini regarding the recent riots that took place in the country. Dlamini last Friday said the riots started in Parliament and spread outside to the other parts of the country. She said the situation could have been handled better.