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Ebuka residents block traffic in a protest, demand new bridge from Government.

Thursday, 17th June, 2021

EBUKA: Traffic came into a standstill on Thursday afternoon here at Ebuka in the outskirts of Ezulwini after residents engaged in a protest demanding a new bridge from Government.

The bridge connecting Ezulwini, Ebuka, LaMgabhi Etiyeni and Mlindazwe via the Lusushwana River was partly damaged by the recent Cyclone, it has been diclosed that Government has been making one excuse after another when asked to fix the Bridge.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, Beketele Dlamini, a resident of Ebuka said the bridge has been developing some cracks from underneath for sometime and the Ministry of Works has been trying to fix it, however, the officials later disappeared.

“The bridge has been developing some cracks  beneath for sometime, we went to our MP Stewart and Indvuna Mbhabhadabe and they told us they were waiting for the Ministry of Works that is experiencing a fuel shortage We then decided to  organize ourselves and wait for the MP at the bridge” ,she said.

During the protest, police dressed in riot gear responded to the scene after the residents blocked traffic from LaMgabhi Etiyeni, Ezulwini-Corner Plaza and Mlindazwe among others.

The protestors were chanting “phansi nga Stewart phansi” as they blocked the traffic.

When this publication tried to contact the MP for a comment, his phone rang unanswered.

Eswatini is facing protests across the country with citizens demanding democratic reforms and social services, more protests are expected in the various Tinkhundla centres this week.

Ebuka residents block traffic in a protest, demand new bridge from Government.
Residents of Ebuka engaged in a protest action