A health crisis that stripped public hospitals of life-saving drugs and reportedly led to deaths alongside a chronic shortage of food in schools that have prompted fears that children might starve dominated the news in months April to June 2017. Both cases highlight how the Swaziland Government, hand-picked by autocratic monarch King Mswati III, has failed the people of the kingdom by not paying bills to suppliers. Meanwhile, the plan to buy the King a second private jet goes on.
These are some of the stories that appeared on the Swazi Media Commentary website over the past three months that have been brought together in the compilation, Swaziland: Striving for Freedom, volume 26, available to download free of charge from the Scribd website. Other reports include army and police corruption under the spotlight by a United Nations review team; the King’s controversial objection to divorce and the kingdom’s Election and Boundaries Commission tour to sell Swaziland undemocratic elections in 2018.
There is also a special profile of Swaziland’s Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini at aged 75, highlighting his record of human rights abuses and corruption. Dlamini was never elected to office and was personally appointed by the King.
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