NHLANGANO:Court documents revealed that the police raided homes of pro-democracy activists on Friday morning in the name of His Majesty King Mswati.
This is contained in the search warrants that gave powers to the police to raid and seize electronic gadgets and other belongings of political activists particularly leaders of the Political Parties Assembly(PPA) who were allegedly targeted for calling for democratic reforms.
Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a human rights lawyer confirmed that indeed the raids were conducted in the name of King Mswati, an absolute Monarch with Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers.
“When you commit a crime in the country, it is perceived that you did so against the King. The police can approach a Magistrate and obtain a search warrant and they can do that secretly if they suspect you have evidence that they might use for a particular criminal case. But no matter how unlimited the powers of the King might be, it cannot be justified that he uses the police to silence dissenters, he should lead a dialogue” said the human rights lawyer.
Nhlabatsi further mentioned that the raids on pro-democracy activists were politically motivated and conducted to protect the King.
“These raids were indeed engineered to protect the Monarchy and only one person had influence over this whole thing,” he said.
But Superintendent Phindile Valakati, the eSwatini Police Spokesperson, when responding to questions from this Swaziland News denied that the raids were politically motivated She was asked to comment on the matter of Ngwane National Liberation Congress (NNLC) Sibongile Mazibuko, PUDEMO Secretary General Wandile Dludlu and other pro-democracy activists whose homes and or houses were raided by the police on Friday.
“We have been on an operation to randomly and intelligent led raids and search in many places within the country. We also conducted some search and investigations to a number of citizens which we cannot name. It is our duty to follow information and when we do so we do not announce the names as any human is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court. Investigations is an exercise which may end with arrest or no arrest, so while it proceeds, we keep confidentiality of those concerned” said the Police Spokesperson.
King Mswati III