MBABANE: Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS) has urged the youth to get ready for a mass second wave of the political unrest that seeks to topple King Mswati from power.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Monday during an interview, the Students President said as students, they were warming-up for the second wave and urged all young people whose future was destroyed by the current government to join the calls for democracy.
“As University students, we are facing challenges caused by this government.But we don’t want to deal with the symptoms but the sickness and the sickness is the dictator, King Mswati.This country does not belong to students alone but even to the unemployed youth, the young people who are on the streets and those who are employed in the textile and manufacturing industries. Others are employed as garden boys not because they don’t have business ideas but because this government doesn’t care about the welfare of young people. We are saying the looming national shutdown is not only for University students but all Swazis must participate to liberate this country”,he said.
The Students Union President said they were aware that security officers would respond with violence, however, he said there was a plan in place to deal with that.
On Sunday, University of eSwatini, Luyengo campus students engaged in a protest and subsequently burned Mswati’s portraits.
This comes after King Mswati insulted and subsequently declared war against Swazis who were demanding democratic reforms.The King said anything that would burn in the country would be interpreted as a direct attack on him.
“They are burning structures while saying they are demanding change kaNgwane. Today I want to remind them that everything in the country belongs to the King. Anything that would be burned as from now, that would be a direct attack to the King”, said the King.
Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis after King Mswati unleashed soldiers and the police to shoot and kill dozens of civilians merely for demanding democratic reforms.
Students Union President Colani Maseko.