Swazi soccer guru harasses journalists with impunity

mwusSoccer guru Victor Gumedze has allegedly assaulted a journalist and ordered another fired because they wrote unfavourable stories about him and his football team. Such media control and self-censorship is commonplace in Swaziland.

Victor Gumedze, an influential, powerful and politically connected businessman, “controls the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers,” according to last week’s edition of Swaziland Shopping. Gumedze is also the Acting President of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Premier League of Swaziland Chairman and Mbabane Swallows FC owner. Read more of this post

Swaziland: Antiterrorlov kendt forfatningsstridig

high-courtFredag blev dele af Swazilands antiterrorlov, som Amnesty International kalder ”undertrykkende,” kendt forfatningsstridig i landsretten i Mbabane. En ung demokratiforkæmper, der selv har mærket effekterne af loven, tror dog ikke, at dommen vil ændre meget.

I 2014 blev syv medlemmer af People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) arresteret, og anklaget for terrorisme i henhold til Swazilands antiterrorlov. De havde båret en t-shirt, med PUDEMOs logo i det lille enevældige monarki. Read more of this post

William dared to challenge the king

william-4Not many Swazis dare to criticize Swaziland’s absolute monarch openly, but 82-year-old William Mkhaliphi did, to the monarch’s face, last month. In response to this, he now suddenly faces charges under the Public Order Act and for theft.

There were many complaints about an array of issues, ranging from to small grants for the elderly to cattle roaming the streets, at last month’s Sibaya People’s Parliament in Swaziland. Read more of this post

William tør udfordre kongen

william_-3_smallIkke mange borgere i Swaziland tør kritisere landets enevældige konge, men det er lige hvad den 82-årige småbonde William Mkhaliphi har gjort. Efter hans kritik af monarken, er han blevet anklaget for forstyrrelse af den offentlige orden og tyveri.

Der var mange klager og meget kritik af Swazilands regering, om alt fra køer der forstyrrede trafikken til pensioner man ikke kan leve af, under Sibaya People’s Parliament i august. Sibaya, hvor kongen hører på klagemål fra hans undersåtter, er ifølge Swazilands forfatning ”landets højeste politiske og rådgivende råd,” og ifølge kongen selv en vigtig del af det han kalder ”Swazi-demokrati”. Read more of this post

Lærere i Swaziland kæmper mod regeringsindgreb, censur og tankpasserpædagogik

swaziland3-080910-553smallPå deres årsmøde i sidste uge, besluttede lærernes fagforening i Swaziland, Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), at kæmpe imod utidig indblanding i undervisningen, censur af pensum og manipulation af uddannelsespolitikken fra regeringen.

SNAT besluttede blandt andet på årsmødet, at man ville forsøge at presse regeringen til at ændre de nationale læseplaner, og samtidigt forklare befolkningen hvorfor disse tiltag er nødvendige. Read more of this post

Swazi criticism of government at “people’s parliament” is misplaced

Sonkhe_The recent criticism of the Swazi government from many Swazis is misplaced. They should be blaming the country’s absolute monarch, who recently assumed the chairmanship of SADC, says exiled political activist Sonkhe Dube.

How can there be democracy in Swaziland, when parliament treats the country’s absolute monarch King Mswati III as a god and when the whole cabinet and several member of parliament are elected by the King? And why do Swazis blame parliament for the country’s ills, when Mswati clearly has the last say on everything? Read more of this post

Absolute monarchy assumes chairmanship of SADC

SADCSwaziland assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community for the first time ever on Wednesday, despite protests from Swaziland and abroad that the small absolute monarchy is not fit to chair the organisation.

The charter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) clearly states that member states should observe basic human rights such as the right to strike and gender equality, and one of the main objectives of SADC is to support “regional integration, built on democratic principles,” something that SADC’s new chair Swaziland clearly does not. Read more of this post