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Thursday, 19 March 2009

FRESH ATTACK ON SWAZI DISSIDENT

Anti-democrats in Swaziland are refusing to give up their attacks on Swazi dissident Mfomfo Nkhambule.


Nkhambule, a former Swaziland Government Cabinet minister, is an outspoken advocate for democracy in the kingdom ruled by sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III.


Nkhambule has been threatened with jail, with torture, and with banishment from his homeland and traditional regiment. His family have also been threatened.


All because Nkhambule continues to point out to the Swazi people the failings of Swaziland’s political system and the need for reforms of the present monarchy-led set up.


His criticisms are regularly made in his weekly column published in the kingdom’s only independent daily newspaper, the Times of Swaziland.


The Times reports today (19 March 2009) that Nkhambule has been summoned to appear at the royal residence on Saturday.


According to the newspaper, he might be officially kicked out of the regiment for defying instructions from his Chief’s (Prince Logcogco) council warning him to stop writing negatively about the anti-democratic nature of Swaziland’s ruling elite.


An unnamed source told the Times the last straw was this past Monday, when Nkhambule announced in his column that his political party Inhlava Forum had formed its own cabinet team, to try to replace the present cabinet.

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