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King must embrace political reforms-retired UNESWA Lecturer

Saturday, 16th November, 2019

MBABANE:Dr Petros Qambukusa Magagula, the retired highly regarded political science Lecturer in the University of Eswatini(UNESWA) said King Mswati must embrace political reforms or risked being forcefully removed.

The retired Lecturer said the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) “Mswati Must Fall” campaign might intensify and influence the removal of the King in a violent manner as more members of the public embrace it. He said it would be a different case if the King call those who are advocating for democratic reforms in the round table and discuss the future of the country.  Dr Magagula was responding to questions from this Swaziland News after being approached to analyse the political situation in the country .

“Many people are against the Tinkhundla system that was established as an oppressive tool by Royalty. But what we need to understand is that oppressors do not easily hand over power and Mswati will do the same. However, as more people demand change with the “Mswati Must Fall” campaign gaining momentum, the King might be removed. An absolute monarchy once existed in England, it was challenged, embraced political reforms and survived. So it is advisable for Mswati to start engaging the political parties as soon as possible” he said.

Dr Magagula who was born in the poverty stricken Lavumisa area said the political situation and calls to remove the King would be influenced by the continuous royal spending in a country where about 70% of the population live in poverty. He pointed the purchasing of the Rolls Royce cars and a fleet of BMWs that cost about E500millon as an example that might  intensify the calls to remove King Mswati.

Lucky Lukhele, the Spokesperson of the Swaziland Solidarity Network(SSN) when speaking to the South African Radio Station SAFM said King Mswati was abusing his powers as a King.

 “A King should humble himself before the people. In the case of Swaziland, the King claims he owns Swaziland resources and that  is wrong. The Nation can survive without the Monarchy while the monarchy cannot,” said Lukhele.  

Information sourced from the internet suggests the French Monarchy was removed in 1789 in the midst of a French revolution after the country experienced food shortages and an economic crisis. King Louis XVI rejected a new Constitution that required him to hand over power to the people. In 21 January 1793 King Louis was sentenced to death and  later guillotined, while his wife Queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined 9 months later. 

King must embrace political reforms-retired UNESWA Lecturer
Dr Qambukusa Magagula