POLICE ARE FIRING TEARGAS AND LIVE AMMUNITION IN A PEACEFUL MEMORIAL SERVICE TO A FAMILY THAT HAS LOST THEIR SON AND A COLLEAGUE -THABANE NKOMONYE.
Regardless that all the people including the students were observing the COVID-19 regulations and following government stipulated procedures, the police went ahead and fired live ammunition and teargas just to cause chaos.
Thabani's family nearly lost another member when the police fired teargas and a child who was asthmatic inhaled the teargas and had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.
It is a disgrace that the Acting Prime Minister had the guts to send a command to the police to go and cause chaos when the family and relatives were morning the loss of their son. As a Swazi I have never heard of such behaviour by the government, under Swazi custom a funeral ceremony is respected, such actions by the government are very much inappropriate and quite un-Swazi.
Acting Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, did not say a word about observing COVID-19 regulations when King Mswati called for the Incwala ceremony while COVID-19 cases were very high in numbers in December. Why was that? was it because he was reserving his post as a an Acting Prime minister? He He could not tell Mswati that he is putting the lives of the nation in danger followed by death because they would infect each other and then spread the disease to their families and communities when the ceremony is over and they go back home.
That is very shameful to the Acting Prime minister Themba Masuku and His Majesty Government..
Currently the kingdom of eSwatini is faced with growing calls for Democracy and An end to Police brutality. Hoping one day we will get there Comrades...
KING MSWATI GOES FOR LUNCH IN THE AIR WITH HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN HIS PRIVATE JET IN SUCH TIMES WHERE MANY SWAZI PEOPLE ARE POOR AND ALSO DYING IN HOSPITALS WITH (COVID 19) WITH NOT ENOUGH EQUIPMENT, MEDICINES AND VACCINES.
The government says there is not enough money to pay for medication, medical equipment and vaccines in hospitals but they can afford to waste money just like that in such difficult times of the country's lockdowns and the COVID-19 pandemic facing the nation.
How much is Jet Fuel is spent to fly Mswati's private jet?
How much are the overriding fees
To keep the crew they have to pay them.
How much are the landing fees??? By the way King Mswati lll does not have to pay landing fees, Skhuphe Airport belongs to him... yet it was built with Swazi people's money!!!!
How can he expect us to keep quiet when he is stealing money from the poor and dying Swazis just to show off and have lunch in the air????? While most governments are trying to support their people in such difficult times and get vaccines for their countries...our king Mswati decided to entertain his family and friends and have fun in the air.
His hands are full of blood of all those who have died of hunger and infected with COVID-19.
Comradess... let us keep fighting to take back power from this SELFISH and HEARTLESS KING.
More and more Swazi people (EmaSwati) are facing forced evictions - in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - by the Eswatini Government. In Madonsa township - Manzini, residents have been under threat of eviction for some years now, to make a way for the Eswatini National Provident Fund (ENPF) (Lidlelantfongeni), a national pension fund administrator organisation. The residents were served with a legal notice by ENPF to leave their homes by the 5th of March 2021, which meant they would be left with no alternative accommodation, no compensation and nowhere to go. These citizens in particular were legally allocated the land they are on through the chieftain system many years ago. These residents of the township are being made homeless by the same government which is supposed to lookout for them - ironic! This is a gross violation of their human rights, to say the least, worse for them as citizens of the same country that wants them evicted. It is appalling to see how the Eswatini Government is treating its citizens and making them homeless when people are in dire need for government assistance, especially now during the Coronavirus outbreak. These evictions are carried out by the police, and the government has sanctioned the destruction of many residents' homes using bulldozers.
Most land in Eswatini belongs to the King - he owns and holds it in trust of the nation - but it has become his personal farm, so to speak. The King has power to allocate land to individuals or families through chiefdoms - run by chiefs and their councils on behalf of the king. The chiefs allocate land to citizens through a traditional process called "kukhonta" (equivalent to integration / assimilation) - which could also be understood as naturalisation. The reminder of the land is Title-Deed Land, owned (legally on a 99 year lease) by private entities or permanently owned by the government. Recipients of Swazi Nation Land must pledge allegiance to their chiefs - thereby ultimately pledging allegiance to the king - they are also expected to render free labour to both the chiefs and king at certain seasons of the year and on events of chiefdom importance or kingdom importance. After going through the whole "kukhonta" process and redering free labour, citizens are still subjected to this horrendous treatment by the king's government - it is appalling.
Laws governing land in Eswatini and the broken system of human rights are failing the people. There is never a year without eviction of people in Eswatini. More citizens have been made homeless through forced evictions. The evictions have been a never ending problem with the citizens of Eswatini. Most people who have been evicted have been pushed to poverty, stress, anxiety and are still homeless and fighting endless battles against the government. These evictions involve a long epensive, exhausting legal process for the helpless people who - in most cases - cannot afford. There is no one they can turn to for help if the king is the puppet master pulling strings from behind the curtain.
Recently a farm of Mandla Mkhaliphi at Sicunusa was forcefully seized by Prince Sicalo, King Mswati's son. He deployed soldiers at Mr Mkhaliphi's farm to forcefully grab the farm from its owner and a quarry mine that was discovered in the farm. According to royalty, everything that is of value (especially natural resources) belongs to the king and his family, they do not want citizens to possess anything of great value or any mineral wealth; they forcefully take every good resource from the citizens as they (royalty) are above the law. This has to stop! As Swazi Vigil UK, we are calling on King Mswati to stop this brutality. All Swazi citizens deserve to be treated fairly and be protected by the king and his government. As Swazis (EmaSwati) we want to be free from all oppression and intimidation from the authorities! Enough is enough! Viva Swazi Vigil Viva!!!!!
By: Juliet Zodwa Dlamini
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