MBABANE:Police stopped a protest march by the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) to remove King Mswati from power after the absolute Monarch purchased multi-million Rolls Royce cars and BMWs in a country where about 70% of the population live in poverty.
The PPA is an alliance of political parties collectively working towards ushering the Kingdom of eSwatini into democracy, they are backed by the powerful Trade Union Congress of Swaziland(TUCOSWA). These political parties include the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO),Ngwane National Liberation Congress(NNLC), Communist Party of Swaziland(CPS) and the Swaziland Democratic Party(SWADEPA).It has been disclosed that the political alliance had intended to deliver a petition to Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini and the South African High Commission where they were complaining about the current socio-economic issues and calling upon the SA Government to intervene. However, the march was stopped by the police after it transpired that the Mbabane Manicipality refused to grant the protesters permission to demonstrate in the city.
Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the Peoples United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said the march was a huge success as Swazis came in their numbers, however, he confirmed that police stopped them from delivering the petition.
“The march was a huge success as most Swazis attended, even though some joined later. We called off the march after the police blocked us saying we don’t have permission to march in the city. This was after the Mbabane Municipality refused to give us the permission to march in the city hence the police capitalised on that” he said
Information gathered by the Swaziland News suggests that the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) leaders applied for permission from the Municipality to march to the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday.
Lucky Tsabedze, the Mbabane Municipality Spokesperson said the request by the PPA was rejected after it need not meet their requirements.
“We turned down their request for the march after they failed to meet our requirements. There are procedures that need to be followed, you don’t just wake up in the morning and demand to march” said the Mbabane Spokesperson.
But Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberation Congress(NNLC) said Tsabedze was lying as they meet all the requirements.
“Tsabedze is just lying, we met all requirements and the application was done as early as Monday. ‘Bebavele bangafuni(meaning: they were not willing to grant us the permission,” said Mazibuko.
Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the eSwatini Police Spokesperson said the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) did not follow the proper procedure when applying to march in the streets. She confirmed that the police stopped the protesters because they did not have permission to march in the streets.
Protesters in Mbabane