VOTE BOYCOTTERS 'FACE TREASON CHARGE'

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Jan 16 2013, 08:10:00

Opponents of Swaziland's non-democratic national poll this year could face a charge of treason and the death penalty, a senior election official said.

Many prodemocracy groups and individuals are campaigning for a boycott of the election because political parties are banned in the kingdom, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, and the parliament has no real powers.

Mzwandile Fakudze, deputy chair of the Elections Boundaries Commission (EBC), told the Swazi Observer, the newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati, those who seek to stand in the way of elections, which is tantamount to treason, will face the wrath of the law.

The newspaper quoted him saying, 'Committing the offence of treason entails when a person subverts or shows potential to subvert the activities of the state even if it is without the use of arms, weapons or military equipment.'

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Gabon:   Bongo's Victory Declaration Sparks Libreville Protests (news)
Deutsche Welle
31 August 2016

Security forces clashed with with anti-government protestors in Libreville after President Ali Bongo clinched a narrow election victory over opposition candidate Jean Ping. The opposition disputes ... [read more]

Nigeria:   7 Feared Dead in Zamfara Boat Accident (news)
Premium Times
31 August 2016

Rescue workers are searching for seven passengers who are believed to have drowned in Gumi river in Zamfara during a boat mishap, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Senior District Head of ... [read more]

South Africa:   Reality TV Has Had an Extreme Makeover. Will It Work? (analysis)
The Conversation
30 August 2016

It's one thing to philosophise academically and another to put all of one's theory into practice. In my PhD thesis I devise a deliberative (and theoretical) talk show model based in ubuntu. Commonly ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!