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Eswatini government eases COVID-19 restrictions ahead of King’s Incwala ritual ceremony.

Friday, 10th December, 2021

MBABANE: Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) says government has eased the COVID-19 regulations to accommodate his Incwala ritual ceremony.

This comes after  Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini announced the suspension of the curfew and the easing of the COVID-19 regulations on Friday afternoon.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the PUDEMO Secretary General said there was no scientific evidence backing the easing of the COVID-19 regulations adding that the face behind this was King Mswati who wanted to advance his selfish needs.

There is no scientific evidence backing this, in as much as we needed the curfew to be lifted, the timing shows that Mswati wants to accommodate his Incwala ritual ceremony and also ensure that his businesses thrive during this festive", said the  PUDEMO Secretary General.

When reached for comments, Mayibongwe Masangane, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) shared the same sentiments adding that there was still no medication in hospitals and the vaccination rate was low. 

“This is wrong timing, especially in the beginning of the COVID-19 fourth wave where we are witnessing a high number of daily cases. Worse is that there are too many super spreader events like the Incwala .What also concerns us is that Government failed to drive the vaccination campaign and also provide medication in hospitals", he said.

When announcing the easing of the COVID-19 regulations on Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini said this was to allow for the freely movement of tourists and for business to operate normally during this Festive season.

Eswatini government eases COVID-19 restrictions ahead of King’s Incwala ritual ceremony.
Regiments during Incwala.