Call for SADC Military to Unseat King

Communists in Swaziland have called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to consider 'all options', including military intervention, to bring down King Mswati III's autocratic monarchy.

The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) said SADC 'intervened militarily in Lesotho in 1998 to restore democracy and prevent a coup' and should consider doing the same in Swaziland.

In its New Year message, the CPS said, 'They should be doing their utmost to bring down the regime and support a transition to democracy.

This is not the time for mealy-mouthed and meaningless protestations about "stability". SADC intervened militarily in Lesotho in 1998 to restore democracy and prevent a coup. It should consider "all options" when it comes to the Mswati regime, whose brutal ruination of our people and country is worse than the oppression from which Lesotho emerged.'

Swaziland is the only non-democratic nation in the SADC group. King Mswati rules under a Royal Decree made by his father King Sobhuza II in 1973 and never rescinded. In September 2013, the kingdom held national elections, but political parties were banned from taking part.

Only 55 of the 65-member House of Assembly were elected by the people: the other 10 were appointed by King Mswati. None of the 30-strong Swaziland Senate was elected by the people. King Mswati chooses the Prime Minister and members of the government and other senior political posts.

The full results of the September 2013 election have yet to be released to the public.CPS in its statement said, 'The absolute monarchy remains in a state of permanent desperation to secure ready cash to keep itself in place. As the last 12 months have shown, Mswati's regime is clinging to power by very precarious means.

'It attempted to hoodwink the outside world that it is in reality a "monarchic democracy" by holding bogus elections to renew Mswati's support base, while ensuring that no political parties or party platforms were wholly excluded from the process.'

CPS added, 'The regime has no legitimacy at home and precious little abroad. There is no thriving economy in the country to sustain the monarchy and its quasi-feudal ruling class for much longer.

'Despite this, the CPS and other pro-democracy forces were appalled to find SADC and the Commonwealth giving their blessing to Mswati's election scandal.

The SADC countries have anyway continued to sit and do nothing about the disgrace of the Mswati regime. They and others timidly push for meagre "reforms" to make the regime seem less odious.

'They should be doing their utmost to bring down the regime and support a transition to democracy.'

CPS called for the unbanning of all political parties and organisations as a 'crucial first step towards creating a new democratic dispensation and dismantling the monarchic autocracy'.

It also called for pressure to be put on King Mswati's financial resources.

By Thoko Dlamini

THIS WILL COME BACK AND BITE SWAZILAND IN SOMEWAY OR ANOTHER
The President of the United States, Barack Obama was inspired to make an audacious speech after a wild response from the South African crowd at FNB. He even dared and challenged the world leaders to live to the examples of Nelson Mandela. I am wondering if the leaders of Swaziland were listening to Obama's speech or even had any time to follow the events on Tuesday at FNB when all the world leaders gathered to show their last respect to Madiba.
On Friday, the Swaziland United Democratic Front and Swaziland Concerned Church Leaders organized a peaceful memorial service which was planned to start at 1400hrs inside a church in Manzini. No one anticipated that the police/government would selfishly stop this with no justification at all. Officers armed with guns and others with truncheons intimidated mourners who were unarmed.
Mourners and well-wishers around the world were invited to attend memorial services for Nelson Mandela on Friday,13 December. This showed that the whole world was recognising an icon, a man who stood for what was right. Madiba gave us hope and that hope still lives with us and that we all can make a difference to the injustice that's happening around the world and more so in Swaziland but the government of Swaziland wanted to kill that hope.
It's a disgrace what the government of Swaziland did preventing mourners and well-wishers from going to church peacefully. This should be condemned by the whole world and more so by the South African government.
Have the leaders of the Swaziland government ever read memoirs of Nelson Mandela and other past and present great leaders of the world? Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini has worked for the IMF and holds a Doctorate, I'm puzzled as to how he authorised the presence of the police and stopped people going to the church on Friday. The swazi government should know that their action has only encouraged us even more to change Swaziland and the government with the royal family
MASOTJA SEPTEMBER SIBANDZE

In 2013 we witnessed the death of Democracy which was caused by Mswati and his cronies when they drove the final nails to the coffin by the sham elections, which is our eyes as the Swazi vigil are SELECTIONS were the KING HAND PICKS his purpets to sit in the parliament. In country it is an exiting moment where people will go to the polls knowing that their votes are worth something not in Swaziland where we had been that only protect the king and the yes and his inner circle.
For over four decades these had not help anyone but has it has continued to make ordinary Swazi people's lives a misery. Nothing will change is Swazi politics until the TINKHUDLA system changes and they allow political parties.The change reflects a choice of faces rather than a choice of ideas.The MPs will not be able to bring any change unless the system changes.Under the TINKHUDLA electoral system political parties are not allowed to take part in elections,this prohibition has been a source of a long standing tension between the state and opposition movement who say the 1973 is undemocratic and repressive.
The country's opposition group such as SWAYOCO and PUDEMO boycott election calling them undemocratic selection designed to shore up the king's power rather than reflect the electorate wishes.Under the system the king chooses the prime minister and appoints ten MPs to the Parliament while voters elect 55 MPs although potential candidates need to be approved by the king.The king is an embarrassment and selfish man who does not represent a vast majority of the Swazi people only cares about protecting his interest.All these things he is doing one day people's prayers will be answered and his government will have to answered some serious question and the lives of the Swazi people will change for the best.
WANDILE NDLANGAMADLA