Also, in December 2013, the United States recognised that workers in Swaziland were being oppressed by the state and the country’s State Department instigated an investigation into the situation in the kingdom. If found wanting, Swaziland could lose valuable trade concessions with the US.
An independent survey into Swaziland published this month showed that two thirds of Swazi people questioned wanted democracy. This call for freedom was ignored by King Mswati who continued to try to sell his idea of ‘Monarchical Democracy’ which allows him to retain all important powers in the kingdom.
Meanwhile, the King has still not released the full results of the national election held in his kingdom in September 2013.
These are some of the highlights of life in Swaziland in December 2013 brought together in a volume of compilations from the Swazi Media Commentary blogsite and published free-of-charge on the scribd website.
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Swazi Media Commentary is published online – updated most days – bringing information, comment and analysis in support of democracy in the kingdom.