Dimanche 21 Janvier 2018
(Voice of America 25/04/13)
Swaziland’s government is negotiating with public sector workers over wage increase demands in an effort to improve their living conditions, according to a government spokesman. Spokesman Percy Simelane also denied the government spent over three million dollars for the celebration of King Mswati III’s 45th birthday last Friday. “The king’s birthday was privately sponsored this year, as [was] the case was last year,” Simelane said. “The budget for this year’s celebrations and national events was [$1,027,551]. There is just no way that [$3 million] could come from [$1,027,551].” His comments came after public sector workers demanded improved living conditions, saying extravagant nationwide celebrations for the king’s birthday were an indication that the economy had improved. Three years ago, the government...
(Allafrica 04/03/13)
Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini told newspaper editors that a major achievement of his government was to reduce poverty in the kingdom from 69 percent of the population to 63. But, he was wrong on two counts. First, although he did not reveal this, the statistic comes from a report called Poverty in a Decade of Slow Economic Growth: Swaziland in the 2000s, published in 2011. It looked at what had happened in the previous 10 years. Dlamini's government came into power in 2008, so the report mostly refers to a time before he took office. Second, and more importantly, the reduction in poverty is not at all impressive. The report released by the Swazi Ministry of Economic Planning and...
(Afreeknews 26/02/13)
About 60 armed Swazi police broke up a prayer meeting before it had even started, claiming that the law had been broken. This happened last week (16 February 2013) in a school hall at Salesian in Manzini. Police claimed the people attending were not present for prayers, but had gathered together to plot against national elections due to be held in Swaziland sometime later this year (2013). This, police said, allowed them to break up the meeting without a court order or a warrant. Police spokesperson Inspector Khulani Mamba, said they were acting on information that the prayers were a meeting to plan to disturb forthcoming national elections. 'When we see a crime happening, we don't need a court order,'...

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