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PUDEMO President tables urgent demands for King Mswati as soldiers, police shot civilians in eSwatini

Thursday, 1st July, 2021

MBABANE: Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) has demanded that in the midst of the ongoing protests, King Mswati stops unleashing the army to kill civilians as matter of urgency.

Speaking during an interview with Aljazeera on Wednesday, the PUDEMO President said the King must immediately recalls the soldiers who were deployed to kill the citizens.

The PUDEMO President further mentioned that unbanning of political parties and the establishment of a transitional mechanism to allow free and fair elections forms part of their demands.

“We need to engage in talks that will see us into transitional authority that is going to prepare for the drafting of a new Constitution that will lead to free and fair elections under a multiparty dispensation. Until and unless those demands are met, we will continue to occupy the streets and push and fight for our freedom” said the PUDEMO President.

Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku when addressing the media urged protesters to submit their grievances through emails, however, the Government subsequently shutdown the internet to block the flow of information as King Mswati unleashes the army on unarmed civilians.

Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis, citizens are demanding that King Mswati surrenders Executive powers to the people and the establishment of a democratic Government. Currently, a Prime Minister is appointed by the King from the ruling Dlamini clan, political parties are banned from participating in elections.

PUDEMO President tables urgent demands for King Mswati as soldiers, police shot civilians in eSwatini
Eswatini Beverages on fire during the protests.