MANZINI: The Political Parties Assembly (PPA) has organized a major protest march to be held at Matsapha Industrial Site on Thursday.
The PPA is an alliance of political parties working towards ending King Mswati’s Tinkhundla system of governance and transforming the country into multi-party democracy. Speaking during a press conference held at The George Hotel in Manzini, Jan Sithole, the President of Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA) said the march was part of the resolutions made by Swazis, after they voiced out their concerns on how the country was governed.
“We are pleased to announce that even though the march was stopped last week, it will now take place in Matsapha on Thursday. Swazis gave us the mandate to reach out to many people; in factories, chiefdoms, towns and promote the political agenda to transform this country to multi-party democracy and we are now doing just that. People should be free to attend as the protest march will be protected by law,” said the SWADEPA President.
The media briefing was also attended by Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Mbongiseni Shabangu of Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA,) Thamsanqa Hlatshwayo of Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), Zodwa Mkhonta Vice President of the Peoples United Democratic Party (PUDEMO), and Themba Dlamini, the Secretary General of Swaziland Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM).
Thamsanqa Hlatjwako, the NNLC Secretary encouraged all stakeholders to take part in the march.
“We are calling upon all citizens in the country-in particular labour formations, the civil society, the church, and the unemployed to fully participate in the people’s march which will be held on the 12thof December at 9: 00 am. The starting point of the march will be at the Matsapha Municipality, it will end at Steel and Wire,” he said.
Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberation Congress (NNLC), said they will be not intimidated by anyone. “We shall not give up, we shall not surrender, until Swazis are free from poverty and the iron-hand of the Monarchy,” she said.
Zodwa Mkhonta, the Vice President of PUDEMO, decried the misuse of funds within the Swazi government.
Themba Dlamini, Secretary General of Swaziland People Liberation Movement (SPLM), said since 1973 when political parties were banned, Swazis never enjoyed democracy as anyone who raised a voice against the state of political affairs in the country was tortured.
Protesters during a protest recently