KING MSWATI BAN MANDELA PRAYERS
About 30 armed police raided the Lutheran Church in Manzini, Swaziland’s main business city, and stopped people attending a prayer service to mark the life of Mandela. We at the Swazi Vigil were shocked by the reaction of Mswati towards one of Africas Greatest Son Madiba., Such behaviour fired us to go and share our condolences with the South Africans outside the South Africa House in London. Led by the baritone voice of Sandile Ndlangamadla we sang “..asimbonanga ..u .. Mandela thina lapha khona....”
Late on Wandile Ndlangamandla, the Swazi Vigil spokesperson had this to say ‘We are alarmed at this wanton disregard for human rights and failure to honour the memory of Nelson Mandela. We condemn this in the most strongest of terms. It is an insult to what Nelson Mandela stood for and clearly shows that the Swazi regime cannot hide its disgust for anything resembling democracy.
Police storm cinema that revealed Swaziland King’s riches
Cinema-goers have been forced out of a theatre to stop them finding out how King Mswati III can afford private jets and palaces shaped “like cakes from outer space”. Brandishing batons and teargas, riot police in Swaziland threatened to beat anyone who was not out in five minutes, prompting a stampede for the door. They then interrogated the owner of the building for three hours and took away his licence before closing down the cinema in Manzini.
Aids orphans starve as African king blows £300m
Care for 100,000 of Swaziland’s most vulnerable children is close to collapse while the monarch splashes out on an unused international airport
The king of Swaziland whose impoverished country is on the brink of bankruptcy has spent £300m on a lavish international airport condemned as a “folly” . A financial crisis coupled with the huge drain on his exchequer caused by the airport has forced King Mswati III, one of the world’s last absolute monarchs, to make savage cuts in spending on schools and orphans.
Last week his government failed to pay more than £6.3m in grants promised to children orphaned by Aids. Most schools have been shut because of a lack of funds. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the crisis has reached a “critical stage” and that orphan care is on the brink of collapse.
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SHAM SPEAKER OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLEY
No Speaker has been elected when the constitution clearly stipulates that the Speaker should be elected. Feeble excuses that they were started late in the day, not enough ballot papers. This is just a mess and it stinks of The Monarch influence and we all know that the speaker will be of the King's choice. The new elected MPs are not speaking out and that's what they are there for. How can they speak out so early in their term of office, they dare not as they will miss out on all those foreign trips where the King hand picks his delegates. They all want to be on the right with the King and be known as rebellious MPs. The present form of government with no opposition party does not work. Who challenges the government when they detain young men and women lock up in solitary confinement without any charges. The MPs won't dare speak out in parliament and try to hold the police to account for their actions in fear of the Monarch and being singled out as an outcast in parliament.
Parliamentarians should know that what they would be doing tomorrow (21/10/13) in the chambers would be in total violation of the constitution. The constitution is quite explicit to the procedures that need to be undertaken when electing the Speaker of The House Of Assembly. To see the supreme law of the land being violated with impunity is a disgrace and travesty to whole justice system and there could be on answer to this and that's the interference of the Monarch. If Themba Msibi is not appointed (elected) the Speaker
tomorrow I will have to eat my words. He is the King's choice and that's why all the other candidates have taken the back seat in fear of challenging the King's choice. No one in parliament wants to been seen as a rebel as there are dire consequences from the Monarch, your time as a parliamentarian will be hell running down to your family and loved ones. The present parliamentary system and set up is not working and will continue to not work. As a member of parliament one should not fear to challenge things like this. The truth is that there no democratic government in Swaziland.
MASOTJA SEPTEMBER SIBANDZE
We as an organization stand against a number of cultural practices that are harmful to the integrity of individuals especially women and girl children. Like in our country Swaziland, these harmful traditional practices emanate from the deeply entrenched discriminatory views and beliefs imposed by king Mswati III about the role and position of women in our country.
King Mswati’s rule of law has created differentiation and expectations from the entire Swazi society that relegate women to an inferior position from birth throughout their lives. Harmful practices maintain the subordination of women in society. For example there is a strong belief that sexual intercourse with a virgin girl can cure HIV and AIDS and this has led to an increase in sexual violence against girls resulting in huge psychological scars on the victims.
King Mswati is a custodian of traditional beliefs such as polygamy this tradition is synonymous with gender violence and it reduces women to sub-human assets belonging to men. Girls in Swaziland are brought up aware that they are a source of wealth for their families and the training they get at home is supposed to prepare them for marriage. This is why as Swazi Vigil we are up in arms against the government of the King we are making our voices heard here in the UK fighting for total recognition and restoration of women’s rights in Swaziland.