KING IN CONTROL - ELECTION MEANINGLESS

From Swazi Media Commentary Sat Feb 16 2013, 06:47:00

King Mswati III misled his subjects when he told them this year's national election was an opportunity for them to shape the kingdom's future.

King Mswati, who rules as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, said in a speech at the opening of the Swazi Parliament on Friday (15 February 2013), 'Elections are a vital tool through which citizens exercise the right to be heard and freely choose their own representatives in the government of the country.'

In fact, the people of Swaziland do not get a chance to elect a government because all political parties are banned. The present Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini was not elected by the people, but directly appointed by the king.

This was also the case with all the previous prime ministers of Swaziland since 1973 when the king's father Sobhuza II abolished the parliament that was in place since independence in 1968 and began to rule by decree.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Burkina Faso:   Army Chief Takes Over (news)
Deutsche Welle
31 October 2014

The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces has taken power after mass demonstrations forced President Blaise Compaore to resign. There have been days of violent protests against the leader's 27-year ... [read more]

Africa:   Malaria Must Be Treated Too (press release)
Medecins Sans Frontieres
31 October 2014

Every year, malaria claims victims in Liberia. The disease is endemic there. However, with the Ebola epidemic, it has become very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain treatment. In response, MSF ... [read more]

Sudan:   'Al Bashir Deserves Nobel Prize' (news)
Radio Dabanga
30 October 2014

According to the Sudanese Minister of Information, President Omar Al Bashir is a man of peace who should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war between Khartoum and the southern ... [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!