Demokrati skal udleves, både i Danmark og i Swaziland

elåm16 Abba Malainin,Pablo Bustinduy, Mlungisi MakhanyaMlungisi og Mphandlana fra demokratibevægelsen PUDEMO var til Enhedslistens årsmøde i Gladsaxe. I deres hjemland, det lille enevældige kongedømme Swaziland, betragtes de som terrorister, fordi de kæmper for et konstitutionelt monarki som i Danmark.

– Vi har lært meget af at være med til Enhedslistens årsmøde. Blandt andet at det er vigtigt for os som parti og bevægelse ikke bare at tale om demokrati som noget der skal foregå i fremtiden. Vi må arbejde ud fra de demokratiske principper, som vi vil indføre i samfundet, siger PUDEMOs Generalsekretær Mlungisi Makhanya. Read more of this post

Panama Papers goes to Swaziland

Panama Papers sw blogThe rich and powerful are also avoiding the tax man in Swaziland. Nineteen of the Panama Papers documents are related to Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

The leaking of the so-called Panama Papers, with details of offshore financial information that “strips away the secrecy that cloaks companies and trusts incorporated in tax havens and exposes the people behind them,” have made headlines around the world. Read more of this post

Monarchy a luxury that Swaziland cannot afford

Bheki blogSwaziland’s big-spending absolute monarch King Mswati III is spending millions of dollars on a new personal jet and other luxuries, while many of his poor citizens rely on food aid to survive.

“The monarchy is a luxury that Swazi’s cannot afford. It is like a blood-sucking parasite that has sucked its host dry”, says Swazi activist Bheki Dlamini.

He is doing a Masters in Public Administration, is President of the banned Swaziland Youth Congress and spent nearly 4 years in a small filthy cell Read more of this post

A victim of circumstances

Mph blog“I am a victim of circumstances”, says activist Mphandlana ‘Victim’ Shongwe of the nickname he is known by because of the decades of state harassment he has endured in his homeland, Swaziland. “But what has kept me going is the desire to be free”.

“Victim” is the name that Mphandlana Shongwe – a founding member of Swaziland’s democratic movement, PUDEMO – is commonly known by in the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland. He was given his nickname, after reflecting on his life in Matsapha Central Prison, while awaiting trial for treason in 1990. Read more of this post

International youth organization calls for democracy in Swaziland

IUSY bhekiThe International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) passed a resolution at its 31st world congress that called for a process that would unban political parties, remove repressive legislation and introduce multi-party democracy in Swaziland.

The resolution, passed on Saturday, also called for an end to the systematic harassment, intimidation and incarceration of political activists and the unconditional release of political prisoners and return of exiles, as well as for the isolation of Swaziland until these demands are met. Read more of this post

Swazi unions demand pay rise

Thousands of workers demand better wages during march to Swazi PM's office in Mbabane today BLOG1.500 Swazi workers marched in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Thursday, as part of a two-day strike action, where they delivered a petition to Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini demanding increased salaries for public sector workers.

The march was part of a six-month-long demand by Swazi trade union federation TUCOSWA for the government to release a salary review report that highlights working conditions of public sector workers across the country. Read more of this post

God will bring down the rains

Swaziland PUDEMO (2) 176Climate change has brought on a severe drought in the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland. The solution to the crisis is literally to pray for rain, says the country’s absolute monarch. No, we need a democratic government that does not treat its people as enemies, says a young activist.

In Swaziland, where two thirds of Swaziland’s population survives on less than a dollar a day, a lengthy drought has caused an extreme lack of water, subsequent falling crop yields and the death of thousands of cattle in Swaziland’s rural areas. People in the rural areas could starve to death if urgent action is not taken, two local researchers recently stated in the American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. Read more of this post

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