Mbabane: The youth leaders of Madlangempisi who are arranging a protest march aimed at delivering a petition at the Madlangempisi Inkhundla Member of Parliament Sibusiso ‘Scorpion’ Nxumalo have alleged that they are receiving threats from members of the Royal Eswatini Police Service. (REPS)
Speaking to this publication, Sandile Maziya who is amongst the organizers said they have received several threats from the police, asking and intimidating them about the march which is planned for tomorrow.
“Today I received several phone calls asking me if I heard what the acting Prime Minister announced. The caller who identified himself as Mxolisi Dlamini said he works for the intelligence unit in the police service.”
The threats happen at a time when Siphofaneni Member of Parliament Mduduzi ‘Magawugawu’ Simelane, has reportedly been summoned by the national commissioner of police to ask him about details of the strike action that will be taking place at Siphofaneni.
Meanwhile, the acting Prime Minister Themba Nhlanganiso Masuku on Thursday announced the banning of delivering petitions in the different Tinkhundla centers across the country.
Maziya noted that the calls that they were receiving were threats to them as the leadership and were meant at intimidating them in holding a peaceful march to the Madlanempisi Iknhundla.
He observed that the banning of delivering petitions which the government has announced is aimed at intimidating and making it difficult for people to organize and participate in protests, which is something that is against the constitution.
According to Maziya all they want is to engage with the Member of Parliament and give him their demands as the people of the area on issues that affect them in the constituency and nationally.
Amongst their demands Maziya said is to call for an elected prime minister and also a review of the constitution to allow for multiparty democracy.
The ongoing strikes which the country has seen have demands among which is to call for an elected prime minister. Worth noting is that on Saturday, June 26, 2021, about 18 continuances are scheduled to deliver petitions to their Tinkhundla centers. These includes; Matsanjeni North, Siphocosini, Nkomiyahlaba, Nkhaba, Ntondozi, Madlangempisi, Mhlume, Mangcongco
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