Please let me air my view in the coming election,its a critical time for Swaziland as millions around the world will be watching with great interest not only the results but also trying to understand our election process which can be confusing to many of people outside the country as we hold government election with out political parties.
Political parties are banned in Swaziland and these surprises many foreigners but before someone start and urge that its none of their business the fact is that these sort of things scare away potential investors big business with decent well paying job that a person can raise a family and our country urgently needs that.Its is time for our country to move towards political reforms so that we can attract the younger generation into politics or else their talent ,education and energy will be lost to other countries as most of them they now look to South Africa for jobs.
My next point does the results results matter at all to the Swazi people i don't think so for many of us,over the years no matter who we send to represent us nothing change we see little or no change in our lives unemployment is rising crime is up inflation is sky high progress is slow in all department perhaps we must suspend the government Belgium had been without a government for more than two years now and the are doing well,its time for some soul searching from everyone of us from the young men and women who are right now sitting at home unemployed to the mothers wonder how they rare going to pay their children school fees to the university graduates who are looking for jobs right now to those who left the country because they believe their voices were could not be had right all the way up to the prime ministers offices.
It was another sad day for Swaziland as the government announce the king had received a luxury jet as a gift from an anonymous sponsor and the people were meant to believe that sometimes theses guys they treat their own people like full.We had been there before and last time the country lost over three millions pounds in deposit when finally people's power halted the purchase.
The excuse for the jet that was given to the people was ridiculous no development partners would like to remain anonymous by their nature development agencies are transparent.Given the financial crisis the country is facing responsible person would have refused the gift and even go as far as asking for the value of the of the jet to be given instead to the Swazi people,in any country these would be considered a bribe if by any chance was to happen but of course only in Swaziland things like these happen.
Countries around the world are tightening their belts when it comes to finance but not with the Swazi government and our king for many years him and his wives have been leaving a millionaires life style while ordinary Swazi people struggle to put a meal on the table.These had been going on for so long and the health,safety and well being of the Swazi people comes first.
we might never know how much the jet cost but it did'nt come cheap and looking beyond that to keep it on the air its another mouth watering cost.These are cost that the country can not afford and can do without,calls to get rid of the jet are met with deaf ears force, well to be honest force is the only answer to them.
Dweshu Makhanya
In the next coming weeks the people of Swaziland will be going to the polls to elect next member of parliament what a sad story for our country when other nation vote to elect prime ministers or presidents cos our prime minister is appointed by the king just as well as high position are controlled by the king himself,what hope is there for the people.For decades the people had been voting for the same system that clearly had not worked for the vast majority of the people,elite few had benefited and all those are the ones who say YES to the monarch.
The problem my country is facing were accumulated over a long period of time and we must not expect them to be solved over night or in the next election,the sad thing is that though the current system had failed so many no one at the top seem to realise that perhaps they are blinded by the benefits they enjoy.
Swaziland is now among the sickest,poorest most corrupt and unhappiest nation in the world.Ordinary Swazi people are begging for an alternatives to their present lives which are dominated by poverty,hunger,sickness and death.
All these problem will never be address let alone met with the current system of tinkhudla. We are a small country which should be a good thing but the monarch had used that to their advantage ban political parties stop any kind of reforms,always reminding the people about the 2005 constitution which does not protect anyone but themselves and be able to go after those who dare call for change.The least the king should do hold a referendum about the current system put a yes or no question to the people and see what going to be the results and must be respected and the country can move on.