EZULWINI: King Mswati’s dictatorship government is about to fall as Swazis intensify the calls for democratic reforms, over ten thousand(10 000) marched to the United States Embassy on Friday to deliver a petition.
Eswatini is a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa and ruled by Mswati as an absolute Monarch, political parties are banned from participating in elections. The King appoints the Prime Minister from his ruling Dlamini clan, Judges, a majority of Senators and all members of the various Governing Councils are appointed by the King.
Speaking on behalf of the Political Parties Assembly(PPA), Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said Swazis were seeking support from the US for their democratic ideals and aspirations.
“We are here your Excellency to seek support for our democratic ideals and aspirations against a vicious authoritarian government that has killed over eighty defenseless and innocent citizens who stood-up for their rights for self-determination including the right to directly elect their own Prime Minister and a government as they see fit”, said the PUDEMO President.
Ngomyayona Gamedze of Sive Siyinqaba delivered a message from US Ambassador Jeane M. Maloney to the people who applauded them for behaving well and delivering the petition peacefully.
Other political leaders who addressed the people during the delivery of that petition include Sibongile Mazibuko of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) and David Mhlanga of the Swaziland Democratic Party(SWADEPA) among others.
King Mswati who rules eSwatini as an absolute Monarch is facing growing calls for democratic reforms , he recently unleashed soldiers and the police to shoot and kill dozens of civilians triggering more political tension within this tiny Kingdom.
Thousand marched to the US Embassy to deliver a petition.