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Thursday, 13 November 2008


A Country at war with itself 

PUDEMO observed with great concern the country’s leadership’s reaction to the political turn of events in our country in the past few days, in particular following the recent people’s actions including marches, protests in their quest for their freedom.  PUDEMO and, no doubt thousands others, heard with profound dismay the utterances to the effect that the state will and must ruthlessly fight and ‘throttle’ those with diverging views, including their families and relatives.

Now, only six days later, on Tuesday a former Royal Policeman, a Zionist priest, thief, thug and former convict, one Magongo a recently turned legislator echoed the Head of State’s call and committed himself and other so-called legislators to ‘pick up guns’ against those labeled enemies and proponents of a democratic dispensation.  Our leadership have commissioned a war, and we in PUDEMO believe there is still space for a constructive dialogue, but if war is declared (as has been) it is unfortunate. 

The Swaziland 2008 National Elections Report 

 “to consider the various factors impinging on the credibility of the electoral process as a whole, and to determine in its own judgment whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Swaziland has committed itself, with reference to national election-related legislation and relevant regional, Commonwealth and other international commitments”. 

 “Political organizations are currently unable to register and participate as political parties in elections in Swaziland.  Instead the electorate votes for individuals.  Minimal voter education has been provided and the voters appear to have little knowledge of the democratic systems which are available to other countries in the region and the whole world”. 


PUDEMO remains committed to the peaceful democratization of our country, and that nobody else will liberate us but ourselves. Denying this as those in authority prefer to, is like merely burying our heads in the sand. There are no mercenaries. But the world is full of those people and organizations acting in international solidarity with the poor, marginalized and oppressed, everywhere.

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