By: Kaya News Reporter
The unrest in eSwatini that started last weekend was marred by more looting and rioting throughout the week. Prime Minister of eSwatini, Themba Masuku is set to request King Mswati III to open negotiations with opposition parties.
This is to keep the lines of communication open for citizens to voice their concerns and send through petitions. Opposition parties have continuously accused law enforcement of using brute force, an allegation eSwatini government have denied.
Earlier this week King Mswati III is rumoured to have fled eSwatini amid protests that have escalated. Protestors who were setting fire to property belonging to the King claim police and the army opened fire on them.
SABC News reports that King Mswati fled after protests erupted however, the eSwatini government deny this. The protests are said to have started several weeks ago but have heightened over the course of the week over allegations of intense police brutality.
According to Swaziland News, the protests took on a more serious turn after the monarchy issued a decree banning petitions that called for democratic reform.
On Monday the army was deployed to areas of unrest after several trucks, shops and buildings were torched.
He ran away and fled the country🤬. Kadze sahlupheka soloke Mswati adla yedvwana lemali yesive nebantfu bakhe, living luxurious while we are starving… We need change ✊🏽💯
– Let’s put pressure, we need support.#RamaphosaMustFall #eSwatini Swaziland 🇸🇿 #eff King Mswati pic.twitter.com/REGCOy1mr4
— Leshka 🇸🇿 (@QueenLeshka) June 29, 2021
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) June 29, 2021
The people of eSwatini are calling for an end to the King’s rule.
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