Dozens of protestors were injured after King Mswati unleashed his police officers to shoot and assault civilians on Wednesday 23 March. The protestors had gathered in Mbabane to support their incarcerated pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs) Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. This comes after the King arrested the pro-democracy MPs merely for demanding democratic reforms.

It has been disclosed that among those who were assaulted are Member of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) and the Swaziland Democratic Party. Speaking to this Swaziland News, Mbongseni Shabangu, the Secretary-General of the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA) confirmed that the protestors were assaulted, kidnapped and forced into an Operational Support Services Unit (OSSU) truck and dumped at Mvutshini. “The protestors were heavily assaulted, kidnapped and forced into an OSSU truck and dumped at Mvutshini. Their cellphones were grabbed and destroyed,” said the SWADEPA Secretary-General.

Phindile Vilakati, the eSwatini police Spokesperson had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Reached for comments, PUDEMO President Mlungisi Makhanya said among those who were assaulted were members of PUDEMO adding that they were making arrangements to rush them to the hospital. “As we speak we are rushing them to hospital,” said the PUDEMO President.

King Mswati allegedly made a commitment to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika to engage in a political dialogue with those calling for democratic reforms, however, he subsequently unleashed his security forces to shoot more civilians.

Members of the Eswatini Solidarity Fund were shot by the Manzini police on Thursday afternoon 24 March 2022 merely for accompanying one of their own who had gone to the police station to open an assault case.

The members of the solidarity fund were fresh from launching their new campaign “Free All Political Prisoners”.

Tibusiso Mdluli, the Steering Committee member of the Eswatini Solidarity Fund was among those assaulted by the police for supporting incarcerated pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs) Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. Speaking to this Swaziland News, Gugulethu Makhanya of the Solidarity Fund confirmed that they were shot shortly after being told by the police to leave the police station. “We were at the police station, accompanying our member Tibusiso Mdluli, however, while she was inside recording the statement, police told us to leave the police station and subsequently shot us while standing outside the police station. Shots were fired through an open window and we ran for our dear lives leaving Tibu inside”, she said.

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