The President and the entire leadership of SWALIMO appreciates the support that was given to the workers federation TUCOSWA. SWALIMO believes that TUCOSWA is us and we are TUCOSWA as the federation houses all Swazis who are politically and non-politically aligned. The workers are faced with all sorts of challenges that all culminate to poor political decisions from this regime.
Recently, it has become clear that this government will soon have no money to pay civil servants like they are failing to pay students allowances.
We cannot fail to mention the issues around:
2. FUEL HIKES
3. FIVE BILLION EMALANGENI LOAN and other issues that affect the day to day lives of workers.
SWALIMO believes only a political solution can address the issues of workers. In that spirit SWALIMO came in their numbers to the May Day Event. First as a Mass Democratic Movement and as a member of MSF. It is unfortunate that something unbecoming happened in this historic day where a misunderstanding that could have been avoided ensured. It is not true that when political formations were given a chance to address the workers SWALIMO did not show up, the truth is that when that opportunity was availed by TUCOSWA then SWALIMO was isolated denied the chance to say something by this aforementioned leaders.
Nevertheless, the struggle continued and that should remain our focus. SWALIMO remains in good relations with all the political formations that is all political parties in the PPA, all stakeholders in the MSF and other none aligned entities.
We are not blind to the fact that there might be individuals not the entities themselves who might be divisive and careless about issues, they remain forgiven as our focus is on the struggle not individuals and petty differences.
We further appreciate the EFFSWA and CPS for their solidarity with SWALIMO when they realized that injustice was being perpetrated against SWALIMO. This is indeed democracy at play.
The rhetoric that there was a clash between CPS, SWALIMO and PUDEMO is still being verified. Reports coming through are that an individual leader decided to go Rambo and attacked comrades. So PUDEMO has not yet declared any problems with SWALIMO except for that leader and a few individuals.
Thank you SWALIMO ground forces for always being in the frontline of the struggle.
Dr Siphetfo Dlamini- Secretary General: SWALIMO
MBABANE: Dr Siphetfo Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Liberation Movement(SWALIMO) says King Mswati tried to force Swazis to fear him but the people have overcome the fear and are now mocking him.
Speaking during a live discussion hosted by the Swazi Lives Matter on Twitter, Dr Dlamini said the King made a mistake to rule through fear instead of respect.
“Mswati is now a laughing stock, every Swazi is using any name to mock him because the people have overcame the fear”, he said.
The SWALIMO Secretary General further mentioned that Swazis will continue to host cultural activities without Mswati adding that culture belonged to the people.
Efforts to reach Lusendvo Fakudze,the Ludzidzini Governor proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report, his phone rang unanswered.
On another note, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said the Monarchy has been oppressing the people even before independence adding that at some point, royalty colluded with colonialists to oppress the people. He urged the people to continue disrespecting Mswati until he realizes that he is no longer wanted in power.
SWALIMO: Eswatini, the only country with a Head of State who is above the law.
BY NOKWANDA MAMBA
Swaziland News, 18th January 2022
MBABANE: Dr Siphetfo Dlamini,the Secretary General of the Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) says eSwatini is the only country in the world with a head of state who is above Constitution.
This comes after the Times of Eswatini Sunday published a story suggesting that all Judges were loyal to King Mswati.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Tuesday, the SWALIMO Secretary General said it was unheard of that a Head of State could have full control of the Judiciary.
"Eswatini is the only country in the world with Head of State who is above the Constitution.It's unheard of that a Head of a State can have control over the Judiciary, Swazis need to unite and fight for democracy where all people would be equal before the law”,’ he said.
A questionnaire was sent to Thabile Mdluli, the Deputy Government Spokesperson, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Reached for comments Colani Hlatjwako, the One Billion Rising Africa Coordinator said all people were equal before the law adding that the courts should not be selective but should work without limitations.
"This is to eliminate opportunitists who would manipulate the courts in their favour. Currently we have people who have seen their cases vanishing into thin air just because there are people who are manipulating the justice system.People will now resort to other illegal means in order to get justice”,said the Coordinator
Eswatini is ruled by King Mswati as an absolute Monarch and has control over the Legislative,Judiciary and Executive.
Swati Newsweek, 30 November, 2021
By Eugene Dube
*MBABANE* - Dr Siphetfo Dlamini, The Swaziland Liberation Movement Secretary General has thanked all artists mostly South African Artists Sjava and Mafikizolo who boycotted the popular Eswatini gig Luju Festival.
The organisation released a public statement yesterday.
The statement was titled "Swalimo commends all the artists who withdrew from Luju Festival in Swaziland."
"The Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) has taken note and welcomed the withdrawal of all key South African Artists from performing at the popular Swaziland Luju Festival,"said Dlamini.
Dr Dlamini said, "This exemplary act by such eminent public figures is an affirmation of the legitimacy of the struggle of the people of Swaziland against a repressive and brutal regime. It further amplifies the universally accepted view that the current Government in Swaziland is not based on the will of the people and therefore illegitimate and undemocratic.
He added, The withdrawal by key South African artists, including renowned and popular artists such as Sjava and Mafikizolo is a welcome sign of solidarity and comradeship with the people of Swaziland; and is to a great extent a recognition of the existence of a political void in the country.
Dlamini concluded, "SWALIMO unequivocally reiterates its unwavering stance against the distastefulness of the Luju Festival and assures the people of Swaziland that it will relentlessly lead the struggle for a democratic Swaziland; and it will not rest until liberation and freedom for our people are attained."
The King Mswati’s regime has killed dozens of Swazis who demand democratic reforms.
The Political Party Assembly (PPA) leaders delivered a petition at The United Nations office in Swaziland four months ago and said over 70 people were killed by King Mswati III’s police officers and soldiers during the revolution.
However another new report prepared by The Human rights Commission led by Deputy Prime Minister’s son Sabelo Masuku claimed '46' people were killed during the June protests.
Swati Newsweek, 29 November, 2021
By Eugene Dube
*MBABANE* - Dr Siphetfo Dlamini, the Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) Secretary General says the criticism of their political organisation is not a surprise.
The SG said, "SWALIMO condemns all counter-revolutionary activities, and would like to assure its members, associates and friends that no amount of such counter-revolutionary activities or attacks will stop this train towards liberation. The movement will continue to restlessly participate in the struggle, with all other pro -democratic formations, and will not rest until liberation and freedom for our people are attained,"said Dlamini.
Dr Dlamini said, "The Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) notes the recent and increased criticism of its leadership and members on media platforms and acknowledges them with the requisite humility."
"Such criticism and allegations are not a surprise to the movement and are to be expected as various forces get used to the idea of new and formidable political players in the Swazi revolution."
He explained,"The position of the movement is not to engage on anti-revolutionary debates in the media domain, but to continue to bring messages of hope towards attaining freedom for the people of Swaziland."
"The movement, like any other organization, has a crafted code of conduct that is applicable to its membership. Every member is expected to abide by these rules in their capacity as members. Official positions of the movement are articulated by duly designated officials and/or spokespeople in the organisation.
"However, as a democratic organization, the movement respect the rights of the general population, some of whom may be its supporters, to hold and express independent views and opinions in their personal capacities. Hence, any views expressed by persons in their personal capacities should not be associated to the movement, nor should the movement be cajoled to respond to views and opinions not expressed through the official channels of the movement, "said Dlamini.
The Swalimo statement was issued yesterday by the organisation's leaders on 28 November 2021
The statement was titled "Recent attacks on Swalimo, its leadership and members is a common reaction by those threatened by the emergency of new formidable liberation Movements."
The title, "Freedom Train" was coined from a locomotive that carried the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other important American documents on a tour across the United States. People were free to visit this train when it arrived in their town.