While the people have been protesting the monarch’s rule since years, lately, the country has been witnessing an unprecedented country-wide wave of pro-democracy and anti-monarchy protests.
While the government has denied reports about the King fleeing from the country, it has not convinced the banned opposition political parties who have been mobilizing over the last couple of weeks in an unprecedented wave of protests against the last absolute monarch in Africa.
Seven students, including the president of the students’ union, were detained for four hours and tortured.
The education sector is in shambles due to the government’s decision to freeze new hiring, casualization of primary and secondary school teachers, and the failure to pay education funds to schools
The nurses have threatened to stage a strike if the crisis is not addressed in four weeks. The dire shortage of vital drugs has been termed a “population extinguisher” by activists.
Musa Ngubeni, along with his fellow activist, Maxwell Dlamini, was arrested on April 12 while protesting in support of democracy and socio-economic justice.
The autocrat remains determined to reign in expenditure on hospitals and schools in order to balance the budget, while continuing to live a decadent multi-million dollar lifestyle in palaces
King Mswati spent more than $74 million on his birthday while claiming that there are not sufficient funds to raise the salaries of public servants who have lost purchasing power by more than 14% in the last two years
The Communist Party of Swaziland and the Public Sector Associations of Swaziland noted that the government of king Mswati III had been spending vast amounts wastefully even as the country was in social and economic crisis
The landlocked nation of Swaziland in Africa is regularly witnessing strikes and protests as the people are rising up to assert their rights.