LOMAHASHA: Residents of Lomahasha are planning a march to National Commissioner of Police calling for the arrest of members of the armed forces who killed dozens of civilians during the recent pro-democracy protests
This comes after two more citizens were killed by a police officer during a funeral on Sunday at Lomahasha kaTolo merely for rebuking King Mswati.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Siboniso Mkhabela, one of the organizers of the march said they would march to the Lomahasha Police Station on Saturday adding that the march would be peaceful and urged the police to refrain from violence.
“We want the National Commissioner to retract his ‘war statement’ since its fueling the current police brutality that we are witnessing. We also demand the arrest of all the members of the armed forces that are implicated in the massacre of over 70 civilians, like they have already done with Constable Dlamini”, he said.
Phindile Vilakati, the Police Spokesperson had not responded to our questionnaire at the time of compiling this report.
Reached for comments, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) said Swazis need to fight for the transformation of this country and justice for the slain unarmed citizens.
“All communities must stand up and demand justice for the victims, we have heard that the King is not remorseful, so these armed forces were acting on his command”, said the PUDEMO Secretary General.
Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis after King Mswati unleashed his army on unarmed citizens who were calling for democratic reforms leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured.
Lomahasha residents burning tyres on Sunday after the police shot and killed two men.