Exiled news editor will return to Swaziland

Editor Zweli Martin Dlamini is set to return to the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland. He had fled to neighbouring South Africa in January after he had received death threats from a local businessman and his newspaper was shut down by the government.

“My decision to return to Swaziland has been influenced by minor changes in the political landscape and the fact that two of the powerful people who wanted to kill me are now dead – businessman Victor Gamedze [who was murdered at a petrol station in Mbabane in January] and late Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini” Read more of this post

Teenager tvunget til at gifte sig med enevældig konge

19-årige Siphelele Mashwama blev tvunget til at afbryde sine studier i New York, for at blive gift med Swazilands enevældige kong Mswati III, skriver Swaziland News.

Siphelele Mashwana blev ifølge Swaziland News narret til at rejse til Swaziland sidste år af sine forældre, som ifølge avisen havde planlagt at lokke hende til Swaziland sammen med kong Mswati. Han havde været i New York for at tale ved FN’s Generalforsamling. Read more of this post

Valgobservatører kritiserer valg i Swaziland

Valget i Swaziland i sidste uge forløb roligt, men var især skæmmet af manglende ytringsfrihed, en mangelfuld tredeling af magten, og at politiske partier er forbudt, skriver den Afrikanske Union i en pressemeddelelse.

Lederen af valgobservatørerne fra den Afrikanske Union, tidligere præsident for Seychellerne James Michel, opfordrede Swaziland til at ophæve et dekret fra 1973, der blandt andet gør det ulovligt for politiske partier at deltage i valg i landet. Read more of this post

Swazi police shoot at demonstrators

Several workers were badly injured from beatings, rubber bullets and teargas fired by police in riot gear during demonstrations for better wages and working conditions in Swaziland on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people had stayed home from work and taken to the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane, commercial centre Manzini, and smaller towns Nhlangano and Sitiki in demonstrations led by trade union congress TUCOSWA. Read more of this post

Swazis want democracy not just elections

Swaziland will hold national elections on Friday amid waves of strikes and protests. A new survey from Afrobarometer shows that few Swazis believe that they are free to speak their mind or that Swaziland is a proper democracy.

Swaziland could be heading for its lowest turn-out ever at a national election on Friday, with only a little over 25 percent of eligible voters voting in the first round of elections in August. Read more of this post

Land is power in Swaziland

A new Amnesty International report focuses on forced evictions of poor farmers in Swaziland carried out by local police. Land and forced evictions are central to Swaziland’s undemocratic system, says an activist who grew up in Swaziland’s rural areas.

“Land is life”, a new Amnesty International report on forced evictions in Swaziland called “They don’t see us as people” declares. This is to be taken very literally in the small absolute monarchy, as “the majority of the population rely on substance farming” to feed themselves. Read more of this post

Demokratibevægelse i Swaziland vælger ny leder

People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Swazilands største demokratibevægelse, valgte Mlungisi Makhanya som ny præsident på en kongres i sidste weekend. Danske partier og organisationer har i mange år støttet demokratibevægelsen i landet.

I sin åbningstale til PUDEMOs kongres talte afgående præsident Mario Masuku om monarkiets korruption og manglende demokrati i Swaziland, samt om behovet for at genopbygge PUDEMO.   Read more of this post