Every other Saturday from 10.00 - 13.00
Swaziland Vigil Mission Statement:
The Vigil, outside the Swaziland High Commission, London, will take place every other Saturday from 10.00 to 13.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights by the current regime in Swaziland.
The Vigil will continue until there is respect for human rights and democracy in Swaziland.
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Persecution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Swaziland
The violation of human rights by the Tinkhundla System of government in Swaziland has stooped to appalling lows with such freedoms as the freedom of association breached to the lengths of blocking Christians from entering a church to worship and fellowship. This was witnessed by the local congregants of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mbabane branch situated at kaSchiele mission in Tembelihle, who were joined by members of the civic society on the 31st October 2011 and 15th October 2012. This was a peaceful gathering for a prayer service which was to be led by Bishop Absalom Mnisi and Reverend Zwanini Shabalala, all this was done to request a divine intervention to the swiftly declining standards of living in Swaziland caused by among the main factors the intolerance of the government and the monarchy towards the citizens of the country.
This was not to be as on this day an army of 200 members of the joint forces, Royal Swaziland Police and Correctional Services descended on the kaSchiele mission led by the Regional Commander and categorically stated that in no uncertain terms was there to be a prayer service in the church or anywhere within the mission for that matter. As Reverend Z Shabalala commented in his article in relation to the incident entitled “Are We Mocking God”, the people of Swaziland have nobody but God to cry to as the monarchy and government have turned a deaf ear to all their please, but when they are prevented from exercising their right to pray, what more can they do.
This is one of the reasons why I have chosen to join the Swazi Vigil in the United Kingdom and condemn these violations of fundamental human rights in my country Swaziland, the Mbabane Evangelical Lutheran Church happens to be the church I was baptised in as a toddler and grew up attending and even preached in as a lay preacher, it really greaves my heart when the Bishop Right Reverend A Mnisi has turned into a criminal who is constantly under police surveillance just because he has opted not to discriminate political activists from the church. This is a religious minister simply responding to his call to preach the gospel of Christ. The church itself has drawn so much interest from the police who are constantly monitoring every single activity, even one of the church members who joined the police force has been turned into an investigator , whenever he attends a service he is expected to take notes and report back to his superiors of any suspicious members of the congregation. It is an appalling shame and gross violation of the right to religion enshrined in the bill of rights of the current constitution in Swaziland.
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
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