The deepening unbridled looting of people’s funds in Swaziland by Mswati and his family will not end unless and until the people unite in a decisive nationwide action to overthrow the tinkhundla system and set up a democratic republic.
Within one month, Mswati, who already lives in his own luxurious first world, spent about four per cent of the E22.97-billion (US$1.6 billion) 2019/2020 national budget on luxury and self-aggrandisement. On Tuesday 29 October 2019, Mswati received delivery of luxurious Rolls Royce vehicles for himself and his 13 wives. These vehicles amount to over E230 million (US$15.6 million). An estimated 121 BMW vehicles, as well as escort bikes, were delivered yesterday 7 November 2019. These purchases were in addition to a E91 million (US$6 million) donation to Global Fund without any consultation and budgeting whatsoever; he claimed the order to donate the amount came from God in a dream!
A conservative estimation of the total amount wasted by Mswati within one month stands at around E1 billion (US$67.7 million). More will be spent on the vehicles and others as an essential and incidental part of their everyday use.
Mswati’s wasteful actions take place within the context of a serious crisis of drugs-shortages in public clinics and hospitals, due to the government's failure to pay suppliers. Both the health care and education systems have collapsed due to an apparent shortage of funds while the regime readily splashes on Mswati. Workers have been on the streets demanding pay adjustments as fuel and food prices increase unabated. The result is extreme poverty among the masses.
Swaziland has been ruled by an absolute monarchy since 12 April 1973 when Sobhuza II unilaterally abrogated the constitution and banned all political parties, as well as political activities, and bestowed upon himself all executive, legislative and judicial powers. The creation of monarchical absolutism meant that the monarchy could henceforth do as it pleases with the economy without any accountability.
The Communist Party of Swaziland calls upon the workers, youth and students, women, the unemployed and rural people of Swaziland to unite against the tyrant. The despot will never change for the better, even with passionate appeals to conscience. Cleansing the country of all tinkhundla filth will take a decisive people’s insurrection, on a nationwide scale, aimed at the total removal of the monarchy and the total dismantling of the tinkhundla system for the establishment of a democratic republic. The Communist Party of Swaziland thus reiterates its call to the entire progressive movement for a National Conference for Democracy, for deeper consultations and discussions to chart a collective way forward based on the democratic aspirations of the people.
Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland