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Government should stop criminalizing politics

Today I write in full knowledge that according to the comments made by the Representative of the Attorney General in the High Court on the 24th of December, 2019, All political party leaders and activists who are pursuing the Mandate of the people under Political Party Assembly(PPA), are prisoners in waiting.

Today I write in full knowledge that according to the comments made by the Representative of the Attorney General in the High Court on the 24th of December, 2019, All political party leaders and activists who are pursuing the Mandate of the people under Political Party Assembly(PPA), are prisoners in waiting.

It is also a given that the State intends to criminalise all political issues and activities.

It came out clearly that the State hates and demonizes political parties irrespective of the Bill of Rights in Chapter three of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The above assertions are all deduced from the submissions made by the the Attorney General representative at the High Court.

I believe it is important to note that section 63 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini, makes it a duty of the citizen irrespective of whether they members of a political party or not to demand for accountability and transparency from the government and According to section 63(e) they have a right to pressure government to respect the principles of democracy and respect for the rule of law.

If there is anything to go by in the viral social media where-in it is said that Mbongwa Dlamini the President of SNAT, was denied his personal fundamental right of movement because he did not take of his cap for the King's Picture, this is ridiculous because this would mean when anyone who wears a hat reads a newspaper where there are numerous pictures of his Majesty they must remove their hat to read the newspaper, I think even ridiculous is an under statement.

Any form of increased violence, intimidation and harassment against the leadership and activists of political parties and civil society organizations can only exacerbate conflict than resolve, particulate pursuing the Mandate.of the people and when their call is dialogue.

I am bringing this point not only to highlight that government hates and demonizes political Parties' leadesrship and activists, but hell bent to criminalise all political party activities, activists and ledearship.

The mandate that the people from all walks of life across the political devide gave is not only in line with The duties and obligations as set out on section 63 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

It is also in line with The statement regular and sustainable narrative that the king never leaves out from his national and international speeches, where he always calls for peace and dialogue on issues where we have difference of opinions. So the people have mandated the PPA to engage the institution the Monarch to dialogue in order to resolve the Country's political challenges, from which National political dialogue, if well managed will bring positive responses to the economy crisis issues, social crisis, and service delivery issues, the country is currently undergoing in a supersonic speed.

The King who is the captain of the institution of the broader Monarchy, has had experience in leading a political conflict through dialogue in Madagascar and Zimbabwe, in short the people are asking what is doable and a vehicle for all solutions to conflicts is dialogue.

It is also a given that the State intends to criminalise all political issues and activities.

It came out clearly that the State hates and demonizes political parties irrespective of the Bill of Rights in Chapter three of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The above assertions are all deduced from the submissions made by the the Attorney General representative at the High Court.

I believe it is important to note that section 63 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini, makes it a duty of the citizen irrespective of whether they members of a political party or not to demand for accountability and transparency from the government and According to section 63(e) they have a right to pressure government to respect the principles of democracy and respect for the rule of law.

If there is anything to go by in the viral social media where-in it is said that Mbongwa Dlamini the President of SNAT, was denied his personal fundamental right of movement because he did not take of his cap for the King's Picture, this is ridiculous because this would mean when anyone who wears a hat reads a newspaper where there are numerous pictures of his Majesty they must remove their hat to read the newspaper, I think even ridiculous is an under statement.

Any form of increased violence, intimidation and harassment against the leadership and activists of political parties and civil society organizations can only exacerbate conflict than resolve, particulate pursuing the Mandate.of the people and when their call is dialogue.

I am bringing this point not only to highlight that government hates and demonizes political Parties' leadesrship and activists, but hell bent to criminalise all political party activities, activists and ledearship.

The mandate that the people from all walks of life across the political devide gave is not only in line with The duties and obligations as set out on section 63 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

It is also in line with The statement regular and sustainable narrative that the king never leaves out from his national and international speeches, where he always calls for peace and dialogue on issues where we have difference of opinions. So the people have mandated the PPA to engage the institution the Monarch to dialogue in order to resolve the Country's political challenges, from which National political dialogue, if well managed will bring positive responses to the economy crisis issues, social crisis, and service delivery issues, the country is currently undergoing in a supersonic speed.

The King who is the captain of the institution of the broader Monarchy, has had experience in leading a political conflict through dialogue in Madagascar and Zimbabwe, in short the people are asking what is doable and a vehicle for all solutions to conflicts is dialogue.

Jan J Sithole.

SWADEPA President Jan Sithole in a Mayday

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