EU sugar-coats absolute monarchy’s bitter pill

EU-support for Swaziland’s monarchy-controlled sugar industry undermines the fight for democracy, even though it nominally benefits smallholders, says new report from Danish solidarity organization.

A new report from Afrika Kontakt commends the EU for supporting Swaziland’s sugar industry, which benefits thousands of smallholder growers of sugar cane. The problem is, however, that the smallholder growers are also left vulnerable by sugar price fluctuations and transport costs, as well as by the corruption and undermining of the fight for democracy, Read more of this post

EU-støtte underminerer kampen for demokrati

EU-støtte til Swazilands monarki-kontrollerede sukkerindustri underminerer kampen for demokrati i landet, selvom det på overfladen er til gavn for landets små sukkerbønder, siger ny rapport fra Afrika Kontakt.

En ny rapport fra solidaritetsorganisationen Afrika Kontakt roser EU for, at unionens støtte til Swazilands sukkerindustri umiddelbart er til fordel for de små sukkerrørsbønder. Problemet er dog, at bønderne samtidigt er sårbare overfor vekslende sukkerpriser og transportomkostninger, såvel som den korruption og underminering af kampen for demokrati, Read more of this post

Swaziland’s failed democratisation

The reason for the lack of democracy in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland is an authoritarian reinvention of tradition, and a lack of both internal and external pressure on the regime, writes Swazi activist Bheki Dlamini.

If you are looking for books on political solutions in Swaziland in your local or university library, or in bookstores or on Amazon, you won’t find much to enlighten you. Read more of this post

Swazis demand democracy at Global Week of Action

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Friday to deliver a petition which calls for democracy and socioeconomic justice to the country’s Cabinet.

The march was part of the annual Global Week of Action (GWoA) which, according to the organisers, is the biggest campaign for democracy in Swaziland. It is held during the week of Swaziland’s Independence Day, the 6th of September, and includes marches, seminars and workshops. Read more of this post

Swaziland is world’s most unequal country

According to a new briefing paper, published by British charitable organization, Oxfam, Swaziland is the world’s most unequal country, followed by Nigeria, Namibia and South Africa.

The Oxfam briefing paper says that Swaziland has become the world’s most unequal country, because of a “very poor mix of policies.”Swaziland’s “government has failed to put measures in place to tackle inequality, with poor scores for social and progressive taxation, and a poor record on labour rights,” the paper concludes. Read more of this post

Al magt til kongen

Udgangspunktet for ethvert ægte demokrati er adskillelse af den udøvende, lovgivende og dømmende magt, som vi har det i Danmark. I Swazilands såkaldte ”Swazi democracy” derimod, er alle tre magter styret af landets enevældige konge, Mswati III.

I demokratier som Danmark sikrer magtens tredeling, at der i princippet er vandtætte skodder mellem statsministeren, regeringen og den offentlige administration på den ene side, og folketinget og domstolene på den anden. Read more of this post

Sukker har en bitter eftersmag i Swaziland

En stor del af det lille enevældige kongedømme Swazilands indtjening kommer fra sukkerindustrien. Men mange af de fattige subsistensbønder i landets ”sukkerbælte” er blevet smidt væk fra deres jord, for at gøre plads til kongens storbrug.

I mange år har de fleste indbyggere i Swaziland været bange for at kritisere landets enevældige konge Mswati III offentligt. Dette kunne nemlig føre til alt fra tortur og fængselsstraf til at man fik frataget sin jord. Read more of this post