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Senior Eswatini Prince tells political parties to forget about democratic reforms

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020

MBABANE:Prince Masitsela, a senior member of the Royal family and brother to King Mswati openly told banned political parties in Eswatini to forget about democratic reforms.

Speaking during an annual religious gathering, the ‘Somhlolo National Festival of Praise’, the Prince claimed when the country got independence from Britain in 1968, the British observed that Emaswati wanted to be ruled by a King.

“Emaswati made it clear that they wanted to be ruled by a King because Kings were created and blessed by God”said the Prince.

Reached for comments, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) described the Prince as  ‘ power drunk’ adding that it was not the first time as he once claimed members of the royal family are closer to God.

“He shouldn’t speak like this because he doesn’t know what might happen tomorrow. We can see that he is ‘power drunk’ as his family is in power enjoying tax-payer money for doing nothing” said the PUDEMO Secretary General.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa is ruled by King Mswati, an absolute Monarch. Political parties are banned from contesting for elections and the police are normally used to harass, arrest and torture political activists. Sipho Jele, a member of PUDEMO died at the hands of the police, he had been arrested for wearing a t-shirt belonging to his political party. This was after King Mswati issued a command for members of political parties to strangled to death.    

Senior Eswatini Prince tells political parties to forget about democratic reforms
Prince Masitsela