Exiled ex-Swazi Observer editor Musa Ndlangamandla back in Swaziland



BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

JOHANNESBURG :Musa Ndlangamandla, the former Swazi Observer Chief Editor who fled the country after security agents stormed his office seeking to arrest him on alleged terrorism charges has returned to Swaziland.

The editor was targeted by police officers after consistently publishing series of articles regarding alleged corruption involving the Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini particularly, in the much publicized land scandal. The seasoned journalist confirmed this when reached comments by this Swaziland News publication but clarified that he was now frequenting both the Kingdom of eSwatini and South Africa.

“I am in and out of the country. Why the interest if I may ask” the journalist asked. This reporter told Ndlangamandla that he left Swaziland amid reports that security agents wanted him and this publication wanted to know if the threat was now over. “Oh I see” he briefly responded. Ndlangamandla fled Swaziland sometime in 2011 after the police raided his offices with reports escalating that he was wanted for charges under the Suppression of Terrorism Act 2008. He told the Swazi media that Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini was behind the plot the arrest him, but the PM denied the allegations. Sources disclosed that the former Swazi Observer editor’s return have been influenced by the fact that the PM will soon leave office. But political activists expressed concern on why the return of the editor has been kept a top secret by the Swazi media despite that it was widely reported when he left Swaziland now the Kingdom of eSwatini. It is alleged that the editor was preparing to meet His Majesty King Mswati III and present him with cattle to officially announce his return.

“We are very concerned with Musa Ndlangamandla because his return to Swaziland has been kept a top secret by the media yet it was a huge issue when he left. Under the current situation we are asking ourselves why the media is not reporting the issue, what’s the whole plan. You see Musa is now dangerous to members of the movement because he interact with the system and progressives” said one concerned political activist.

Ndlangamandla was recently spotted at the Mountain Inn in Mbabane, the capital city of eSwatini and he even took a picture with Tinkhundla loyalist Joy Ndwandwe. But some sources disclosed that King Mswati is reported to have asked the whereabouts of the editor hence the process to bring him back was arranged. “The King is reportedly feeling the absence of Musa in terms of pushing his propaganda and speech writing, he was more skilled in that area more than Martin Dlamini of the Times of Swaziland. What actually happened here is that the King asked the whereabouts of Musa and arrangements are being made to take him there” said a source.

Musa Ndlangamandla is a former speech- writer and “propagandist” for King Mswati, a position that is now being held by Martin Dlamini, the Managing Editor of the Times of Swaziland.